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One pricey trail

Dear Editor:Three thousand feet of walking trail for $1.9 million? At $633 per foot, that’s over $3.3 million per mile. A Federal Highway Administration study from 1994 through 2002 pegged the average cost of highway construction in Colorado at only $570,600 per mile. Another more generous study by the Washington State Department of Transportation in 2002 cited the per cost of a single lane of Colorado highway at $1,602,251 per mile.Since 2002, highway construction costs have increased about 30 percent at best. By either measure adjusted for inflation, the contract amount for the Castle Creek Trail is suspect.Bob StumpDeRidder, La.


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