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MoDOT delays release of report criticizing department

October 7, 2003
By: Aidian Holder
State Capital Bureau

A new report raises serious questions about MoDOT. Aidian (uh-dee-an) Holder has that story.

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The blue ribbon panel's final report won't be released for weeks, but a preliminary draft paints a picture of MoDot as a beauracracy without clear vision, leadership, or direction . . . and it says MoDOT has a credibility gap from its failure to complete promised projects.

But while MoDOT gets the blame for things it does wrong, Highways commissioner Marge Schrumm says the department isn't getting credit for the things it does right.

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Contents: Highways commissioner Marge Schrumm says MoDOT is a victim of selective perception by the public.

MoDOT officials say the expect the final report on October sixteenth.

From the State Capitol, I'm Aidian Holder

Date: 10/07/2003

By: Aidian Holder

State Capital Bureau

With only a few hours notice, MoDOT delayed the release of a report that's harshly critical of the department's leadership. Aidian (Uh-dee-an) Holder has the story.

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Members of the special blue ribbon panel responisble for the report say they need more time to polish it, and they promise that when released the report will pull no punches.

A preliminary draft paints a picture of MoDOT as an overly centralized beauracracy lacking in vision, direction, and leadership.

Before he retired, panel member Freeman McCullah was MoDOT's St. Louis district engineer.

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Contents: Freeman says MoDOT has to present compellng

MoDOT officials say they hope to have the final report on October sixteenth.

From the State Capitol, I'm Aidian Holder

Date: 10/07/2003

By: Aidian Holder

State Capital Bureau

MoDOT is delaying the release of a harshly critical report that faults the department's leadership for many of the state's transportation woes. Aidian Holder reports.

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Members of the independent blue ribbon panel responsible for the report say they need more time to polish it, but a preliminary draft paints MoDOT as an overly-centralized beauracracy that's lacking in vision, direction, and leadership.

Before he retired, panel member Freeman McCullah was MoDOT's chief St. Louis engineer.

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Contents: McCullah says MoDOT has to lay out its vision for the public if it expects public support.

McCullah says MoDOT has yet to lay out that sort of compelling vision, and the report says MoDOT suffers from a credibility gap because of its failure to finish projects promised in the early 1990s in conection with a one-hundred and forty percent gas tax increase.

But Highways commissioner Marge Schramm says the problem with the so-called 1992 plan -- which promised large improvements across the state -- was unrealistic promises and insufficent funding.

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Contents: Schramm says the 92 plan was overpromised and underfunded

Schramm also argues that MoDOT is an easy target that gets more than its share of blame because of isolated mis-steps.

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Contents: Schramm says MoDOT gets blamed because of perception, not reality.

The preliminary report backs Schramm up, saying MoDOT gets blamed for what it does poorly, but doesn't get credit for what it does right.

From the State Capitol, I'm Aidian Holder