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VDOT Audit Reveals Hundreds of Millions in Unspent Funds

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By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, a private audit says officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation left hundreds of millions of dollars unspent while rest stops were closed in order to cut maintenance costs last year.

The audit shows VDOT spent $488 million less than was available for maintenance during the 12-month period that ended June 30.

Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton says it means an additional $614 million can be applied to backlogged maintenance and construction projects through next June.

And by 2016, the recouped cash and credits could add nearly $1.5 billion to the state's six-year transportation plan.

Governor Bob McDonnell commissioned the audit in April. He's releasing the results at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

Auditors did not find any fraud or criminal misconduct relating to agency operations.

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