By Bobbi Cussins, Public Information Officer
A measure to require the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to report significant, costly project errors to the Legislature passed the state House of Representatives today. House Bill 1986 is sponsored by first-term Rep. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County.
As passed, House Bill 1986 would require WSDOT to report engineering errors costing more than $500,000 and explain to the Legislature what caused the costly mistakes. It would also require the agency to put in place a plan to correct the errors and ensure similar mistakes do not happen on future projects.
“As the bill went through the House, a bipartisan effort was made to find a balanced approach to ensuring adequate transparency and accountability the public and elected officials expect in our transportation projects and the department that oversees them,” said O’Ban, who serves on the House Transportation Committee. “We all agree this level of scrutiny on the design side of transportation projects is good for taxpayers.”
This bill is about instruction and problem solving, O’Ban explained.
“Having the Legislature, which allocates funding to transportation projects statewide, work with the state transportation department to find solutions and track progress on projects that got off track due to costly design errors is a good way to bring back the trust and confidence needed by the public as they consider paying for other large projects in the future,” O’Ban said. “We want to make sure we don’t make the same expensive mistakes twice.”
House Bill 1986 will now be forwarded to the Senate for further consideration. The regular legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 28.
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