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County Comissioners talk road and bridge repairs

County Comissioners talk road and bridge repairs

Increased asphalt costs affect paving bids

Stillwater News Press
By Mark A. Moore  for the News Press
Aug 31, 2019

The Payne County Board of County Commissioners’ final meeting of August focused on road projects. Repeated flooding has been taking a toll on county roads since May.

The commissioners opened bids for asphalt overlay projects on the eastern side of Payne County in District 1 that cover 20 miles of paving. Haskell Lemon Construction Co. of Oklahoma City submitted a $3.5 million bid and Elsworth Construction of Tulsa submitted a bid of $3.3 million with a $15,000 bridge tie in fee. The bids were tabled for assessment because they were much higher than expected.

District 1 Commissioner Zach Cavett said that the cost for a two inch asphalt overlay would normally run approximately $100,000 per mile, which would have totaled around $2 million for the projects. The higher bids were based in part upon on the price of asphalt going up to $70 per ton... FULL ARTICLE

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