Ohio watchdog: Road projects met federal mandate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state’s inspector general says the Ohio Department of Transportation successfully met mandated provisions of the federal stimulus law requiring infrastructure projects to be “shovel ready.”

State lawmakers had required the inspector general to review the use of funds Ohio received under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in 2009.

Inspector General Randall Meyer issued a report Monday that said Ohio’s transportation department got more than $1 billion in stimulus money for transportation “infrastructure investment.”

At least half of the money had to be used for projects that could be started in less than six month, a mandate which Meyer says the state met.

Meyer also said an analysis of 47 road projects revealed the winning bid was on average 10 percent lower than the department’s estimate.

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