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Department of Transportation
Management and Oversight of Structural Defects on Highway Bridges (Follow-up)

Issued: September 21, 2012
Link to full audit report 2012-F-18

To determine the extent of implementation of the 11 recommendations included in our initial audit report, Management and Oversight of Structural Defects on Highway Bridges (Report 2008-S-102).

Our initial audit report, which was issued on January 12, 2010, determined whether serious structural defects on highway bridges are repaired or otherwise addressed within the time frames required by the Department of Transportation. We found that 69 of the 204 defects (33.8 percent) pertaining to 25 State and 16 locally-owned bridges were not addressed within the required time frame. In fact, it took, on average, more than 17 weeks to address these 69 defects.

Key Findings

  • Department officials have made progress in correcting the problems we identified in the initial report. Of the 11 prior audit recommendations, 9 recommendations have been implemented, and 2 recommendations have been partially implemented.

Key Recommendations

  • Officials are given 30 days after the issuance of the follow-up review to provide information on any actions that are planned to address the unresolved issues discussed in this review.

Other Related Audits/Reports of Interest

Department of Transportation: Management and Oversight of Structural Defects on Highway Bridges Report 2008-S-102

State Government Accountability Contact Information:
Audit Director:Carmen Maldonado
Phone: (212) 417-5200; Email:
Address: Office of the State Comptroller; Division of State Government Accountability; 110 State Street, 11th Floor; Albany, NY 12236