Department of Transportation recently got an earful from 80 state
residents it paid for their opinions on the smoothness of roads.
PennDOT says smoothing roads has been one of its top priorities
were paid $50 a pop to ride around in a state van commenting on
the smooth ride. Residents also were asked about lane and shoulder
width, sight distances and if road signs were effective.
collected will be sent to contractors to compile and return to
PennDOT. Contractors are paid bonuses if the roads built meet
or exceed a predetermined level of smoothness.
reportedly broke down to about $11 an hour for each participant,
which PennDOT says was a reasonable return for the time and effort
that people gave the survey.