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Whirly, Some of the problem is that they never stop fixing I80. How the hell can one guy and a shovel provide entertainment for so many others with the same tool? OMG the money wasted on public works projects is astounding. Unions have soaked tax payers on infrastructure forever.

“Davis-Bacon Act and Related Act contractors and subcontractors must pay their laborers and mechanics employed under the contract no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area. The Davis-Bacon Act directs the Department of Labor to determine such locally prevailing wage rates. The Davis-Bacon Act applies to contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia contracts. The Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage provisions apply to the “Related Acts,” under which federal agencies assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance.”

Look up the Prevailing Wages for your county and see what workers are are paid on federally funded projects, every public project has fed money, everyone one of them. Plumbers make 35.00 to 40.00 per hour before benefits. Benefits are a set dollar amount and must be paid. All those guys standing around leaning on shovels collect overtime. Labor’s rate can be around $25.00 pre hour straight time.