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Audit: NC DOT can do better equipment use tracking

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A new state audit suggests North Carolina's transportation leaders aren't using expensive backhoes, graders and dump trucks efficiently and could sell them to free up millions of dollars.

State Auditor Beth Wood's office on Tuesday released a performance review that examined 2,300 pieces of equipment. The report found more than half of the items weren't used 30 percent of the time they were available between October 2006 and September 2009. One-third were used less than 15 percent of the time.

The review said DOT needs performance measures for heavy equipment usage to identify which equipment is staying parked.

DOT Secretary Gene Conti agreed with the findings and said the agency had disposed of thousands of pieces of department equipment in recent years.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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