State will pay $2M in overtime to finish Hastings bridge on time

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 7, 2012 - 1:06 PM

Over $2M in overtime is needed to finish Hastings bridge on time.

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FrankLOct. 4, 12 9:14 PM

Since we have massive unemployment, why didn't the contractor simply hire a second shift? For example, if they needed a 1000 hours of work, instead of paying for 750 hrs at std rate and 250 at over time, just have a 2nd shift and pay each shift for 500 hrs at the std rate. The project would go even faster because things like concrete pours can be done without interruption. MNDOT finds the most expensive way to do things.

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turgidOct. 4, 12 9:42 PM

So, we're paying an extra 2.1 million in OT to rush the job so that the contractors can collect 300,000 for getting the job done early? No wonder government is so expensive!

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belascoOct. 4, 12 9:50 PM

There better not be a SINGLE DOLLAR of taxpayer money invested in this boondoggle. I don't live in Hastings, and I'll never go there, thus ANY PUBLIC MONEY spent on their bridge should be completely provided from people who live in Hastings (via property taxes) or those who are willing to drive there (via a toll bridge). Its a sick joke if anyone else who lives in MN has to pay for its infrastructure!

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cmpatteOct. 4, 1210:01 PM

the state can just find $2.1 million laying around for this??? WTH? what poor little project will suffer because of this?

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melabill2Oct. 4, 1210:07 PM

Most of the general public does not understand how this "extra pay" works. It is probably impossible to put on a second shift, or rather another shift. They probably are working extra shift whenever they can. Also, when you add another shift to save overtime, you also have to figure on other trades that have to put on other workers (i.e., cement suppliers). These other suppliers may not have experienced help available. Also, safety comes into play. All in all, I think that this is an acceptable payout considering how much time is going to be saved to get the project completed in a safe, efficient way.

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melabill2Oct. 4, 1210:14 PM

To belasco: a classic case of NIMBY (Not in my back yard). I don't use it so why should I help pay for it. Do you drive only on roads that you have paid for. I don't think so.

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vampress_meOct. 4, 1211:45 PM

"The 98-foot-tall bridge is expected to last 100 years" However, if MnDOT is taking care of the maintenance, it is only expected to last 40 years.

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falcon1681Oct. 4, 1211:51 PM

But, but, but, .... I thought the shutdown SAVED us money? That's what the righties say....

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inrealityOct. 5, 1212:33 AM

Just a quick note about who pays for what in this nation. We all have a stake in everything across this nation based on the ridiculous tax codes we have. If you live in Plymouth you are helping pay for roads, bike trails and rail lines in New York and California and their residents are helping pay for our projects. Of course, the federal government is siphoning off a ton of our money in the process. It makes no sense for the federal government to tax Minnesota residents, take the money & give it to Florida residents for education and roads and then tax Florida residents to give money back to Minnesota. Most of what the federal government does needs to end. States should be handling their own needs. Our failing public schools don't teach our children what the proper role of government is because it is the government doing the teaching. We will only resolve these issues when we limit the federal government and get government out of the education business.

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thacaroOct. 5, 1212:45 AM

Somehow I doubt that just a couple additional months of using the old bridge is going to be a big deal to the people who have been using the old bridge for a long time anyway. In the grand scheme of things, a couple months looking back in time is extremely short. Not quite sure why the more cost effective route isn't being taken here which would be to not pay overtime and to use the old one just a little bit longer. Thanks again state officials for wasting my money!

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