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County warns oil shortage may delay road projects


Last updated 7/28/2021 at 9:14am

County officials say an oil shortage may affect local road projects.

The El Paso County Department of Public Works is closely monitoring a current shortage of asphalt. Because oil is a major component of asphalt production, a nationwide decrease in oil production and distribution is limiting the local supply of asphalt.

El Paso County maintains over 1,100 centerline miles of paved roads, equating to over 2,300 lane miles. The county uses asphalt and other oil-based products for road repairs such as crack sealing, chip sealing, and filling potholes. 

Officials say the limited supply of as...

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