The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Caltrans" ...
This year-long investigation examined construction and testing of the new $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and found widespread errors and malfeasance. The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is the most costly public works project in California history. Its designers valued one quality above all others: the strength to withstand the strongest anticipated earthquake. This investigation raised questions about the structural integrity of the span that are not easy to answer. It revealed flaws in tests of the main tower’s foundation, chronicled the troubled work history of the technician who conducted many of the tests and had fabricated data on other structures. The series also revealed bridges throughout the state burdened with similar issues – raising calls for new safety examinations. Until contacted by The Bee, the California Department of Transportation had overlooked the problems with the Bay Bridge. But the findings of the initial stories of the series – validated by top experts in the construction and testing of such massive foundations – forced them to act. Two Caltrans employees – the technician and his supervisor – were fired as a result of the Bee stories, prosecutors launched investigations and state legislative committees convened to examine the department’s practices and culture. The stories were based on a review of about 80,000 pages of technical plans, test results, internal emails and personnel documents, and interviews with numerous insiders. The Bee showed how officials failed to conduct a thorough investigation of testing fabrications, years after learning of the problems. After the initial story in 2011 (not part of this award application, but included in the submission for context only), Caltrans’ “peer review” experts examined the Bay Bridge– and gave it a clean bill of health. Piller showed soon after that they were compromised by serious financial and professional conflicts of interest with Caltrans and bridge contractors.
Danger Zones: Hundreds have been hurt or killed on roads where the state was warned of trouble but moved slowly on fixes
"At least 375 people were injured and four killed on stretches of highway where the state was warned of danger but took as long as 11 years to make fixes, an Orange County Register investigation found. After the trouble spots first were flagged, 816 accidents happened along 16 zones Caltrans identified as its top safety priorities in Orange County - almost four times as many crashes as would be expected if the roads were fixed promptly." Includes multiple detailed infographics.
A three-day examination of how one of California's most visible and expensive public works projects foundered, and the cost to taxpayers as a result of the foul-ups.
A seven-month investigation leads to a series of reports that examine the dangers on California's roads. The series investigations hazards such as "pedestrians being struck in crosswalks and permit errors that led to dozens of truck accidents." The team of investigators used documents such as state accident reports, internal state and local documents and traffic engineering documents, to name a few.
This story investigates the California Department of Transportation and exposed that Caltrans had put millions of dollars into "a secret rescue effort to keep a 3.5 mile section of the Century Freeway from collapsing because of underground erosion. ... Auditors now estimate that the repairs will ultimately cost $117 million and will require the construction of a treatment plant for the water that is pumped from beneath the freeway."