This is a picture of the main road near our house. They started widening this road about a year and a half ago beginning about 5 miles from here. Part of that process is to put in a new drain on each side of the road. To do that they hand dig with a pick and shovel a trench about 4 feet wide by 3 feet deep. I suspect that the men who do this are grateful to have a job. I am grateful I do not have their job.
Why don’t they use a back hoe? I don’t know, they could but then that would put several people out of a job.