TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Road construction season in Vigo County could be longer than expected due to the rising cost of asphalt and other materials.
The price of asphalt needed per mile has risen about 20%, and this could impact the roughly 15 miles of road and bridges that will be worked on this summer.
Vigo County Commissioner Chris Switzer said that all projects will go on as planned, but they could take longer to complete.
“The bridge projects will still happen and it might take a little bit longer,” Switzer said.
However, Switzer affirmed that the county is still in very good shape to complete all of the scheduled construction projects this summer. He mentioned that he’s already looking ahead to the winter. He said that inflation could impact winter supplies.
“If stuff continues the way it is, diesel fuel and things like that is going to be crazy,” Switzer explained. “That certainly things we’re looking at to be prepared for.”
If inflation were to continue to rise, Switzer suggested that adjustments could be made for spring construction season next year.