Department of Transportation was criticized in a recent legislative
audit, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
calls for improvements in the agency's short- and long-term planning,
and questions the evaluation process on 30 state road projects.
The audit also
says the department handles hundreds of millions of dollars worth
of land and other property along existing highways and proposed
routes, but doesn't adequately keep track of its holdings, according
to the newspaper.
Director Tom Stephens accepted the auditors' recommendations for
planning and real estate improvements. He also said the department
was amending its guidelines used to evaluate the need for "capacity"
projects - such as overpasses, new highway lanes or other improvements
to ease traffic congestion.
out 80 percent of the costly capacity projects have been built in
southern Nevada because "that's where the congestion is,"
the newspaper reported. He said rural Nevada, with its extensive
network of highways, dominates the maintenance project list.
project selection can always be improved, the audit does not suggest
that the capacity projects the Nevada Transportation Board has approved
are not worthy," Stephens added.