Officials: FBI Investigating Highway Construction Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Transportation officials say the
FBI is investigating some highway construction projects awarded
under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration.

Transportation Secretary Joe Prather said Tuesday in a brief
statement the FBI has sought "certain information" for its
investigation into the previous administration.

Marcelyn Mathews, a Department of Highways engineer under both
Fletcher and Gov. Steve Beshear, told The Courier-Journal she was
questioned by the FBI.

She said the agency is looking at the cabinet's confidential
cost estimates for contracts and if they were leaked to bidders
before bids were submitted.

David Beyer, spokesman for the FBI in Kentucky, acknowledged the
investigation is ongoing but said he could not offer more details
beyond that.

Marc Williams, state highway commissioner under Fletcher,
declined to say if he was aware of the investigation or whether the
FBI had contacted him. He told the newspaper he was not aware of
any estimates released inappropriately or prematurely.

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