States Regularly Use Engineering Consultants on Federal-Aid Highway Construction Projects

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Transportation departments in all 50 states and Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico used engineering consultants to assist them on federal-aid highway construction projects, a survey by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act authorized an average of $54.6 billion a year from FY 2022-2026 for the federal-aid highway program. The most important factors in state transportation departmentsā€™ decisions to hire outside engineering consultants were the size and skill of their own workforces. Half of state transportation departments reported that at least 60% of their engineering and design-related expenditures on these federal-aid projects were for engineering consultants. Read moreĀ here.