State Representative Thiesfeldt On DOT Audit
State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt says the most telling thing about an audit of the state Department of Transportation is how much road projects went over budget during a nine year period. He says from January of 2006 to September of 2015 road projects cost nearly double their original estimate. He says the cost was $1.5 billion or $772 million over their original estimates. Thiesfeldt says there is no way the cost of those road materials doubled over those nine years. Thiesfeldt says another part of the audit shows road conditions in the state have deteriorated. He says state highways rated in good condition decreased from 53.5 percent in 2010 to just 41 percent in 2015. He says using the same standards of measurement Wisconsin roads are rougher compared to neighboring states.