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Kentucky: Tolling oversight firm for Bridges Project failed to provide "competent leadership"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The former tolling advisory firm for the Ohio River Bridges Project failed to perform in a number of ways including not providing competent leadership, canceling or blowing off meetings and submitting poor-quality work with technical errors, according to letters from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

On Tuesday, the joint board overseeing the bridges project voted to cancel a $3.45 million contract with eTrans Group and replace the firm with Washington, D.C.-based Parsons Transportation Group for the next six months.

Today the cabinet released a pair of letters it had sent to eTrans in April and May – and the company's responses – after WDRB News requested the information last week.

“The contractor, eTrans, has failed to provide competent leadership, toll advisory support, team coordination, roadside expertise and has failed to familiarize itself with major project requirements,” David Talley, innovative finance manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wrote in an April 28 letter to eTrans.

For example, eTrans' project manager not only failed to provide input during a meeting but “actually left the room during a discussion related (to) a potential for $2 million in change orders in the states' contracts with their construction managers.”

In responses to the cabinet, eTrans President Daryl Fleming said the company remained committed to the project and accused the cabinet of a “concerted, coordinated and intense effort to interfere with eTrans' contract, its staff, (and) its work environment.”

eTrans was hired in February to provide “toll advisory and oversight services.” Kapsch, a Virginia company, will actually install operate the toll system on the new bridges.
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