The passage of Chapter 233 of the Acts of 2008, “An Act Financing An Accelerated Structurally-Deficient Bridge Improvement Program,” allows bridge projects to be constructed using alternative methods, including incentives and disincentives if approved by the Inspector General. The Office reviewed ten Accelerated Bridge Program cases between 2009 and 2012.  In 2010, the MassDOT Highway Division submitted procedures for incentive/disincentive specifications to be used on three bridge projects. The projects were located on Interstate 93 in Medford, Route 9 in Wellesley, and Routes 2/2A in Phillipston. The Office cautioned that to achieve a successful project using incentives and disincentives it is critical to clearly define in the contract all of the terms and conditions related to how any design issues, change orders, construction conditions, etc. will be addressed in order to avoid conflicts related to the schedule and the payment of the incentive. The Office noted that it is incumbent on MassDOT to escalate its oversight function to ensure all contractual requirements are satisfactorily completed in a quality manner. The Inspector General approved the procedures.