State Highway Officials Say Higher Fuel and Materials Costs Mean Less Road Work

APRIL 24, 2006 - Posted at 2:08 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas highway officials say increasing costs for fuel and construction materials like concrete and asphalt mean they probably won't be able to complete as much road construction.

Highway department spokesman Randy Ort says the state has a limited amount of money and is going to have to scale back some jobs.

At any given time, between 400 and 450 projects are under construction on Arkansas highways, according to agency figures.  State officials say its hard to predict how much work won't be accomplished because of the higher costs.

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