Caltrans to Be Subject of Independent Review

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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 29: A section of the newly constructed eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is seen next to the existing bridge during a media tour of the self-anchored suspension span tower on August 29, 2011 in Oakland, California. Contruction crews have erected twelve foot wide catwalks that connect to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge self-anchored suspension span's tower and crews will begin to lay the nearly one mile of main cable beginning in early 2012. The bridge has been under constrution since 2002 with an estimated price tag of $6.3 billion and will have the world's tallest Self-Anchored Suspension (SAS) tower once completed. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The state has hired an independent organization to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the California Department of Transportation, which has come under scrutiny over safety concerns related to construction on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

    Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Acting Secretary Brian Kelly announced Wednesday that the state has hired a group called State Smart Transportation Initiative to conduct the assessment.

    The group is housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and includes members from 19 state transportation departments.

    Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, called it an encouraging move.

    The $270,000 review is part of Gov. Jerry Brown's state reorganization plan, which will consolidate all transportation-related departments into a single California Transportation Agency this summer.

    The study results are expected in seven months.