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BOISE -- A state senator will ask legislative auditors to scrutinize the $840 million Connecting Idaho highway building program to help determine if it should continue.

Eight years ago, then-Gov. Dirk Kempthorne overcame objections from debt-leery lawmakers to his bonds-for-roads plan to improve highways.

Come January, Sen. Chuck Winder of Boise will ask the Legislature's Office of Performance Evaluations to scrutinize whether the Connecting Idaho-created construction flurry accomplished what Kempthorne promised, or if the state would have been better sticking to its traditional, pay-as-you-go system of highway funding.

Winder said next year is a good time for the review, since lawmakers predict no major road-funding decisions until 2015, after elections.

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