Ga. DOT to set aside $75 million for cost overruns

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Thursday, September 16, 2010

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Transportation says it must set aside $75 million this year to pay for cost overruns on projects that were pushed to completion.

DOT officials told the department's board on Wednesday that the overruns stem from its Fast Forward program, when the department tried to get 18 years worth of projects done in six years.

Gerald Ross, the department's deputy commissioner and chief engineer, says the speed-up led to many change orders, running up the costs of projects.

Angela Whitworth, DOT's director of finance, says the department has paid down its overrun costs from $250 million a couple of years ago to $158 million.

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