OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission reject $27.4-million in proposed highway contracts because fuel prices have driven up costs.
State Transportation Director Gary Ridley says unusually high bids by highway contractors also forced the state Department of Transportation to delay its latest eight-year highway construction plan until fuel prices stabilize.
The Oklahoma City project proposes building a detour for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad line and removing the northbound lanes of the Shields Bridge, just south of downtown.
The estimated cost of the project was $5.3-million but the lowest bid by a contractor was for $7.3-million.
Other projects rejected because of expensive bids included bridge work and surfacing on State Highway 18 in Pottawatomie County, bridge work on US 60 in Nowata County, work on Oklahoma Highway 128 in LeFlore County and bridge work and surfacing on Oklahoma Highway 99 in Pontotoc County.