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Can inspector review work sitting in truck?


For the past several weeks, the bridge on Route 177 has been under repair and the project is expected to last well into the fall season.

As with most state highway contracts, the work is actually performed by and independent contractor and is monitored by a New York State DOT engineer.

This project has an inspector whose job is to inspect the work as it is being done to make sure the contractor performs the work and repairs correctly. The inspector on this project works for the contractor. What is truly interesting and somewhat amazing is that he is able to inspect while sitting in his parked truck on the corner of the Old Bridge Road and Route 177, which I would guess is approximately 200 yards from the work site.

Who does he work for? How can he possibly do inspection-type work from his truck 200 yards from the work site?

Finally, if a failure occurs in a year or two as a result of his distant inspections, who will pay the repair tab? Hopefully, the contractor.

Gary Stinson


The writer is Rodman Town Supervisor.

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