Audit Knocks State Over Enforcing Warranties On Road Fixes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – State auditors say the Michigan Department of Transportation could do a better job at enforcing the warranties on road construction projects.

The report released Friday comes a few months before voters consider a sales tax increase to overhaul Michigan’s roads and bridges.

The audit says the Transportation Department didn’t consistently ensure that contractors made repairs on projects that carried warranties. In some cases, state inspectors found problems but didn’t notify the contractor until after the warranty had expired. In other cases, the inspections weren’t timely.

The audit says taxpayers can end up paying for fixes if warranties aren’t enforced.

The Transportation Department says it’s making changes to improve inspections and enforce warranties.

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