Most of us pay federal and state income tax, but we can deduct from our income various contributions and expenses as defined by law.

It is also established law that, if through negligence or incompetence, a person, company, or governmental entity causes damage, either physical or monetary, to an individual, then they are obligated to provide recompense to that individual.

So will we be able to deduct the cost of the hundreds of extra miles and lost hours we have driven to detour around the closed Monocacy River Bridge for the past two years — especially on the many days when Milani Construction was doing no work at all?

K.W. Lackie

Thurmont

(7) comments

Brookhawk

Look how long it took us to get the Monocacy Blvd interchange at US 15 done - four years from start to finish. These projects never come in on time. Low bid is always a fantasy. Just assure yourself that if they say two years, it'll be at least three and will cost at least 30% more than the bid.

stjohn42

Thanks to the current tax "reform", most of us are not in a position to deduct anything beyond the standard deduction, so this proposal would only benefit the wealthy folks who do not need to go to work in the first place.

pechorin

At the very least, the City of Frederick ought to sue on our behalf. Two years and STILL counting. I'd like to see a dollar figure attached to the extra time, stress, fuel use, vehicle wear and tear, road wear and tear, accidents, etc. incurred by road users. It wouldn't be a small figure.

But I doubt we'll ever see anyone held accountable. I mean, let's face it...these are the same geniuses who decided to completely close a major traffic artery through an already-congested area AND give the project to the lowest bidder.

frankwell

Great idea,

We could then be able to also sue negligent drivers whom cause us to sit in daily accident traffic.

KellyAlzan

May not be a contractor issue. Highly possible it could be an engineering issue. Two different components.

public-redux

Ah, well, in that case the lost hours wouldn’t matter. No one cares about time lost due to engineering issues; only contractor issues count.

VJKC

The weather didn't help.

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