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Less Oil for the Roads

Earlier I mentioned the commissioners discussing energy conservation and oil prices. Dunagan is on the conservation issue. He brought back the charts from the other conversation and I’m on that.

The bottom line is oil prices are making asphalt prices go up. So the county is responding by dramatically reducing the number of roads on which it will apply a final overlay of asphalt when it goes in to repair them. In terms of lane mileage (One lane for one mail equals one lane mile. Two lanes for one mile equals two lane miles.) to be replaced in 2008, it’s going from about 45 miles to about 22. That other 23 miles or so will still get the patchwork, just not the layer on top that makes it look like a brand new road.

The price of asphalt has gone from $41 a ton to $57, and is about to go to $70.

In 2009 the county is projecting the cost to be around $82.

The cost savings is expected to be about $1.5 million this year and $1.9 million in 2009.