Road project costs are on the rise in Georgia

(The Center Square) — With inflation hitting every corner of the marketplace, including local road projects, as state officials look to designate more tax dollars for transportation, Georgians will see less bang for their buck.

From the second quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2023, the highway construction cost index increased by 51%, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said during a Joint Appropriations Committee hearing.

According to the commissioner, between December 2020 and October 2023, the cost of resurfacing projects in Georgia increased by 80% to $335,000 per mile. The cost of a two-lane roundabout increased by 114% to an average of $3.4 million, while urban road widening increased by an average of 118% to about $19 million per mile for widening a road from two to four lanes.

“The transportation construction cost is outpacing even that of CPI [the Consumer Price Index],” GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry
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