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Capitol Comments: Cost of building roads

Capitol Comments: Cost of building roads

Woodward News
Mar 2, 2020
By State Rep. Carl Newton

I’m going to take a little different track this week. Instead of news from the Capitol, I’m going to share some information I recently received from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) relating to the cost of building and repairing our roads.

Did you know, for instance, that it costs $5 million per mile to make a two-lane road into a four-lane road?

The cost to transform a two-lane road into what is known as a “Super two,” which means a two-lane road with a wider shoulder – 8-foot shoulder and 10 to 12 feet of right of way – is $1.5 million to $2 million per mile.

To just do an asphalt overlay to thicken the road costs $100,000 per mile for each inch of asphalt. Most overlays are at least 1.5 inches thick, so that costs $150,000 per mile.

To do what is known as a chip and seal – where tar is sprayed and then covered with gravel – costs $25,000 per mile... FULL ARTICLE

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