Wants strict controls on state projects

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 18, 2014 

The state is talking about raising the gas tax to pay for road construction projects. Meanwhile, cost overruns on the 520 bridge project will be upwards of $170 million. I believe mistakes by state department of transportation engineers are to blame. I have an idea. Before the governor asks us for any more money, he needs to revamp the department of transportation. No more business as usual. If you make a mistake that costs the taxpayers millions of dollars, you get fired. If the contractor doing the work is negligent or not living up to their responsibilities, they are fined, fired and will never be allowed to bid on state projects again. I want the best engineers, contractors and inspectors working these projects. I want the most bang for the taxpayers buck.

Tim Freeman

Blaine

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