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From the Hendersonville Lightning: “Lonnie Watkins, the top NCDOT engineer for Henderson County, said construction bids are far exceeding the budgeted construction costs.
‘They’re 50 percent higher than what we estimated or even more because we flooded the market or we have only one bid and it’s 50 percent higher than our estimate,’ Watkins said. ‘For some of the small projects, some were coming in over 100 percent more than what we were used to seeing a year or two years ago.'”
Unfortunately, the N. Highland Lake Road project (U-5887) is not on the delay list.