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WYDOT projects hit by cost escalations

During the annual presentation from WYDOT on proposed upcoming state transportation improvement projects, District Engineer Scott Taylor told the county commissioners last week that rising costs have had a serious impact on what the department is able to achieve.

The department was forced to delay $70 million's worth of projects in 2023 due to this issue, Taylor said.

"We're all getting hit by that pretty hard right now," said of the cost escalations.

"Just over the last couple of years it's increased so much that we've had to delay projects here this summer."

For example, he said, plant mix,...