For years, Connecticut politicians have been talking about needed repairs, upgrades, and maintenance for our state’s highway infrastructure. While most of the discussion about how to improve Connecticut’s infrastructure has focused on how to pay for all this needed work, there is another important question that needs to be answered: who is going to DO this work?
The answer should be in-house state employees. Like other state agencies, the Connecticut DOT has a long history of outsourcing work that should be done by state employees. Year after year, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has produced reports showing that engineering, maintenance, inspection, and other work done by the DOT can be done better, faster, and for less by state employees. Unfortunately, Connecticut officials have yet to act on these reports and continue to waste money on expensive outside consultants.