States Strive to Eliminate Costly Construction Delays

Source: Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Stateline, February 24, 2016

….The Alabama road is an extreme example of a common problem: Transportation projects often are completed years or even decades late. The reasons range from environmental lawsuits and bureaucratic wrangling to recalcitrant property owners and combative utility companies. Some states, recognizing the economic and environmental costs of such delays, are starting to use financial incentives, heightened public scrutiny and “design-build” strategies to increase the likelihood that projects will come in on time and on budget…..