Keller @ Large: It’s The Pits

BOSTON (CBS) – How many times have you said it – to yourself, or out loud to startled strangers – about something in your world that’s so annoying, there’s only one way to describe it: it’s the pits.

I’m talking about the public irritants that drive us nuts around here: the traffic bottleneck on your commute that could be fixed if local government was on the ball – but never is… the intersection so dangerous, even the police are afraid to stand out in it… the public building or piece of “art” so ugly it makes you shake your head every time you see it and think about your tax bill… the construction project you’ve been fighting your way past for years now, and there’s no end in sight.

Is there something like this in your community that you’d like to see me do a story on?

Maybe we can get some answers and even some action, if the problem is correctable. Believe me, you’ll feel better for venting, and you may be surprised at how many others think it – whatever it is – is the pits, too.

So send me an email at and tell me what is the pits in your town.

Let me know how I can reach you, and maybe we’ll go clean out this particular pit together!

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  • horselover

    How about a better way to communicate closed lanes and how bad the traffic is late at night when they do constructiosn (potholes, etc.). I sat in worse than rush hour traffic last wednesday at 10pm and had no way of finding out it was going on! I understand the roades need to be fixed but its really a bummer at 10:00 at night! if you could’ve avoided it

    • massman

      There is supposed to be a time limit on passing through construction setups. I know when I worked in road construction, MassHighway would routinely check the time to pass through construction setups. If traffic became too congested, we would have to take the setup down so traffic could pass. I know much of this would depend on who the Resident Engineer for the project was. I would say the best thing to do, is complain to the state rep., where the project is taking place. If the complaints are in numbers, something will be done.

  • Jon Keller

    Good one….keep them coming!

  • Kevin M

    How about the road construction on 128 South between Dedham and Randolph that has been going on for the past 15 years! When is it ever going to end! Or how can I get a piece of the action!

  • Kevin M

    How about the road construction on 128 South/North between Dedham and Randolph that has been going on for the past 15 years! When is it ever going to end! Or how can I get a piece of the action!

  • Patrick Z

    Here are my top 3 (no particular order):

    1. Potholes
    2. Out of control gov’t spending
    3. Continued polarization of politics.

  • It's the pits...

    Dice K gets shipped down to Pawtucket and still receives his 1.75 million dollar paycheck. No wonder a beer at Fenway is so expensive.

  • massman

    I’ve mentioned this before, but I would like to know where prevailing wage jobs get their labor rates and why they are required on public projects. I know when I was involved with road construction years ago, the rates were extremely high. I am 100% for the middle and working class, and feel they deserve a fair wage, but some hourly wages were ridiculous. Laborers would be making more than the MassHighway engineers. I figured since road construction seems to be the topic of the day, I’d jump on this.

  • StanleyRamon

    @massman- I liked your first comment, but not quite in agreement on the second. To my knowledge the prevailing wage is based on the union rate for a particular trade and the whole point of having prevailing wages is ensure workers are paid fairly on public projects. I take it you are an Engineer. As long as there are different tiers of worker classifications there will be differences of opinions on who should be paid more or less than the other guy. As an example bricklayers may think they should be paid more than the carpenter. Everyone likes to think they work harder and deserve more than the next guy, which is another reason why there is a need for a prevailing rate. As far as the laborer on a road project making more than an engineer, you should also consider that the road laborer is probably not making that rate of pay throughout the year, while the engineer is, thus the year end wage would show that the engineer made far more than the laborer.

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