by Duluth News Tribune
October 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
After two consecutive seasons of construction, traffic flow through Duluth’s major transportation artery will be restored Friday.
Tags: auto, Business, construction 6 Comments »
Kudos to the construction crews, the various construction companies and especially to this years project manager on a job well done. This years traffic flow, while understandably disrupted for construction, was 1000% better than the traffic flow last year. It was like a genius handled the planning this year as opposed to what we had to face last year. Congrats to the project manager on making a difficult situation as good as possible. Good work!!!
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The one thing I would say they could have improved on was last year when they had to stop work for a few weeks to dig out a bunch of crap in the ground….Tell people! A simple “Hey, we have to stop working on the road so we can address some concerns”. Other than that, great job. Too bad they had to lose some weeks this summer.
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66.8 million dollars for routine highway maintenance? In Duluth? Why does this kind of government spending go unquestioned by fiscal conservatives? How much higher do gas prices and construction costs have to get before people start raising some eyebrows?
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I wouldn’t call what they did as routine. They replaced 6 different overpasses, repaved many miles of road, installed new barrier wall. Merv, maybe the reason the price is so high is because Minnesota is a union state, and the cost of the project might have been less if Minnesota wasn’t unionized like it is.
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The highway was only built 40 years ago. There should be serious public discussion about whether funding such an elaborate highway system is worth it in the long run. Why shouldn’t there be?
As for the unions, I know there’s bureaucracy involved. But, by-in-large, union workers get paid a much more livable wage than their non-union counterparts. So ask yourself: would you rather drive on a 100 ft overpass built by a middle class family-man, or some punk kid making $7.85/hr?
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Besides, if we’re going to build a multimillion dollar highway, why shouldn’t the people building it get paid a decent wage?
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