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Oil Prices Prompt Changes


April 4, 2000 (Release 00-058)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Marty Matthews, (785) 296-3585

Oil Prices Prompt Changes

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is changing the contract letting dates of ten projects due to the present price of liquid asphalt. Asphalt is a petroleum-based product that has been affected by the increase in oil prices in the early months of this year. KDOT expects to save money by delaying the letting dates of these projects.

"We are cautiously optimistic that the recently approved increases in oil production will bring oil prices back down," said E. Dean Carlson, Kansas Secretary of Transportation. "This in turn should also bring down the cost of liquid asphalt."

KDOT does not expect the letting date changes to have a major impact on the completion dates of these projects, but the changes will require contractors to work through the winter months.

The county where the project will take place, the project number, original letting date and new letting date are listed below.

County Project Number From Letting To Letting
Hamilton 50-38 K 5743-01 (Rehab) April 00 September 00
Hamilton 50-38 K 5743-01 (Reconst) April 00 September 00
Marion 77-57 K 5768-01 June 00 October 00
Wilson 75-103 K 2650-01 June 00 October 00
Kearny 50-47 K 5744-01 July 00 September 00
Cloud 81-15 K 4956-05 July 00 September 00
Republic 81-79 K 5021-04 (Rehab) July 00 September 00
Republic 81-79 K 5021-04 (Reconst) July 00 September 00
Republic 81-79 K 5022-04 July 00 September 00
Rawlins 36-77 K 5741-01 July 00 September 00