LSJ reporters explore flawed MDOT road warranty program

Apr 21, 2015

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Two weeks from today, Michigan voters will decide whether to increase investment in the state’s crumbling roads and bridges with a one cent increase in the state sales tax. The discussion over whether to invest more in infrastructure has raised the issue of  the warranties that sometimes cover that work.

Between 35 and 45 percent of road work contracted out by the Michigan Department of Transportation is covered by a warranty. Those mean contractors whose work is deemed inferior or doesn’t last come back and make it right. But on several occasions, reports issued by the state and federal auditors have found fault with MDOT’s follow-through on those warranties.

Current State talks about these warranties with Lansing State Journal investigative reporters Steven Reed and Justin Hinkley.