How ‘Big’ a Bridge Is a ‘Bigger Problem’ than We Thought

  • July 15, 2021

The Bridgegate scandal is, quite literally, a bigger problem than we thought, according to the people who run the nation’s largest bridge maintenance company.

The Bridgegate saga, which saw Gov.

Terry McAuliffe and his allies repeatedly overstate how badly the state’s massive toll collection system was failing to collect tolls on its bridges, has prompted a sharp rebuke from a federal judge, and led to widespread outrage.

But the company has come under fire for a series of failures to prevent the problem, and its CEO is under fire himself for misleading investors.

The company’s management team is in a state of disbelief about the state of affairs, and the people involved say they have never seen anything like this in their careers, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The company’s financial troubles have created a crisis of confidence for management, with executives, former employees and employees of contractors who were hired to repair bridges saying that they were told the state was on track to meet its debt-to-income goal.

The executive team, including CEO Mark Williams, said they had not received any warnings of trouble.

“There was an abundance of caution and there was an abundant amount of optimism,” said John T. Williams, who was a senior executive for nearly two decades before he left the company in January.

“They weren’t told there was a problem, they weren’t given any guidance, and it was not communicated to us in a timely manner.”

The Post reported that the company, which runs toll bridges in Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, had been working on its $2.2 billion bridge maintenance project for about two years when the bridge scandal broke in July 2015.

After the governor signed a law in January to pay tolls, the company went to work on the project, which was to have cost about $400 million.

However, the toll collection company, in a letter to the state last week, said it would stop paying tolls until it could verify that the project had actually been completed.

That’s because the company failed to adequately test its bridges for the condition that would make them structurally sound and not structurally deficient, the letter said.

The agency also said the company’s failure to test its bridge bridges had caused a cascade of defects that had been caused by faulty wiring and a failure to properly maintain the bridges.

The state Department of Transportation and its contractors are conducting an independent review of the bridge-repair project.

The review will focus on the causes of the problems, and on the way the company responded to the problems and the impact they were having on the bridge system, according the state Department’s inspector general.

The State Department has not said how many bridges are affected by the problem or what kind of damage they sustained.

In addition to the Virginia Bridge, the state has reported a number of problems with the New York City-bound span of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The state also has said that two bridges in New Jersey have failed, and that the New Orleans bridge is structurally inadequate.

The bridge-fix project is being overseen by a task force of contractors that includes the New Jersey Department of Transport and the New Haven Bridge Authority, which operates both the bridges in the New England region.

The task force, which is not subject to any independent oversight, is also responsible for the project.

Williams, who is also the head of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, is a former state DOT inspector general who was appointed to a five-year term by Gov.

Bob McDonnell in 2017.

He resigned from the DOT last year and became a lobbyist for the company after being fired from the department.