MA is the epitome of bureaucratic boondoggles when it comes to construction projects. Just Google the Big Dig - BILLIONS over budget, over schedule, complete with corruption, kickbacks, favoritism, and shoddy workmanship to boot.
On a local level, it took my hometown 10 YEARS to fix a bridge on the south end of town. This bridge being out meant you had to drive 10 miles out of the way to get around it. I could've rebuild this damn thing MYSELF in about 2 weeks!!! It was a small 2 lane road about 18' wide and the bridge itself was 20' long MAX. What a friggin' joke ...
I agree with you 100% - the economy is supposed to run smoothly. Does the gov't NOT want their tax money?? Then let us know when the damn road will be closed! That;s more money for me to spend and more taxes for those jerks to steal. But, then again, nothing the government does is SENSIBLE.
I will say however that my town and surrounding towns are pretty good with advance notification by paper, and portable sign. Some other towns, not so much.