Thu., September 16, 2010 8:53am (EDT)

DOT To Spend Millions On Cost Overruns
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The Georgia Department of Transportation must set aside $75 million this year to pay for cost overruns on projects that were pushed to completion. (Photo courtesy of: atypically me via Flickr)
The Georgia Department of Transportation must set aside $75 million this year to pay for cost overruns on projects that were pushed to completion. (Photo courtesy of: atypically me via Flickr)
The Georgia Department of Transportation says it must set aside $75 million this year to pay for cost overruns on projects that were pushed to completion.

DOT officials told the department's board on Wednesday that the overruns stem from its Fast Forward program, when the department tried to get 18 years worth of projects done in six years.

Gerald Ross, the department's deputy commissioner and chief engineer, says the speed-up led to many change orders, running up the costs of projects.

Angela Whitworth, DOT's director of finance, says the department has paid down its overrun costs from $250 million a couple of years ago to $158 million.