MassDOT Pays $2.3 Million in Bonuses to Contractors for Making Quick Work of Turnpike Toll Plaza Removal

WCVB reports, “The state paid contractors more than $2.3 million in added bonuses to remove toll booths on the Mass Pike before Thanksgiving, 5 Investigates has learned. The bonuses are above and beyond the tens of millions of dollars the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is already paying those contractors to do the work that paved the way for electronic tolling.” The report adds, “MassDOT defended the bonuses in a statement: ‘Incentives are included in contracts for many complex construction projects because it benefits the public to get work done quickly and efficiently.’” Finally, the station notes, “The gravy train for the toll booth contractors is not over yet. They are in line to get another $5 million in bonuses.”