I'm not sure exactly what they mean by "shovel ready" when it comes to road, water, and sewer repairs. Does it mean that the Right of Way has been secured? Check. Does it mean machinery to do the job? Check. Does it mean available labor to perform the work? Check and double check. Only thing I see missing are the supplies to do the job.
The pitiful conditions of the roads are something we see every day. There is no question that they need repair. Water and sewer mains on the other hand we don't even notice until something goes wrong. The infrastructure in most of the country are many decades old and in dire need of repair. How many people were put to work by the government in the years of the Great Depression? How many have we put to work in the Year of the Great Recession? Anyone else notice that most of our infrastructure in our oldest cities date back to the era of the Great Depression and has basically remained untouched since?
Two suggestions President Obama:
1) Start the digging
2) Start the laying
...on a very grand scale. Why waste the golden opportunity of lighter traffic, mass available labor, and the need for upgrading while prices are cheap? What better time to invest in America? Up some of that Stimulus money for somebody that doesn't have a $ sign attached to their corporate logo.