The State Board of Transportation reiterated on Thursday its decision to lower local governments' voice on spending state transportation dollars.
The 19-member board voted unanimously to split localites' input on projects with the analysis of state transportation engineers who oversee the department's 14 divisions, said chairman Ned Curran.
“I just can’t accept that one party has better knowledge than the division engineer because this is what division engineers do for a living,” Curran said.
A law proposed and passed by the state legislature this year, called the Strategic Mobility Formula, said the Department of Transportation's analysis would account for 70 percent of the decision on regional projects and 50 percent on local projects. Local input -- including views from metropolitan planning organizations and elected officials -- would account for the remaining 30 and 50 percent.