Audit reveals UDOT needs better oversight of contractors, consultants

Source: Dennis Romboy, Deseret News, August 2, 2016

Utah Department of Transportation contractors incorrectly installed 109 signs on a state road in Tooele and another dozen unsafe signs on Bangerter Highway, according to a new legislative audit. The Office of the Legislative Auditor General cited those mistakes as examples of UDOT needing to better oversee contractors and consultants on road projects…..

….UDOT is the subject of two legislative audits released Tuesday. One reviews the agency’s performance and the other takes an in-depth look at its budget, which can reach $1 billion in years with large construction projects. The audit found that because UDOT’s bidding process only considers price and time, contractors with poor performance records have the same opportunity to win bids as high-quality firms. The agency has failed to hire two full-time performance auditors as the Legislature required 21 years ago. Also, the department has used more expensive consultants the past eight years to do the work of vacant full-time jobs. A sampling of three positions showed consultants can cost three times more per hour than in-house staff. UDOT employs about 1,600 people, most of them in operations and maintenance….
Related:
A Performance Audit of the Utah Department of Transportation
Source: State of Utah, Office of the Legislative Auditor General, Report to the Utah Legislature, Number 2016-06, August 2016

An In-Depth Budget Review of the Utah Department of Transportation
Source: State of Utah, Office of the Legislative Auditor General, Report to the Utah Legislature, Number 2016-05, August 2016