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Audit Initiated of FHWA’s Oversight of Transportation Projects in Florida

Requested by the Secretary of Transportation, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Members of the House of Representatives
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On March 15, 2018, a pedestrian bridge under construction at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami collapsed onto the highway below, resulting in six fatalities and eight injuries. The Secretary of Transportation and Members of Congress asked us to review the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) role in the FIU project and also a project to improve Interstate 4 (I-4) in Orlando. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has designated both projects for greater oversight under its risk-based stewardship and oversight framework. On October 29, we issued an initial audit report on DOT’s role in the grant application and selection processes for the FIU project. This follow-on audit will assess FHWA’s oversight actions for transportation projects in Florida—from the Agency’s initial involvement through construction, with a focus on the FIU and I-4 projects.