How can Woodfield Way repair cost be $1.1 million?

With the recent flooding Wilkes County experienced, we were all probably affected by a washed-out road somewhere in the county. I was shocked to read about the estimate to repair just one of these. The cost of repairing the damage to Woodfield Way was estimated by the N.C. Department of Transportation at $1.1 million. I just don’t see how it can possibly cost that much?

In southeastern Wilkes, a private road that was washed away has already been repaired. It included 40 feet of 60-inch pipe, the dirt to backfill, rip-rap rock to line the inlet side slope and gravel for the road. All of this was done by a private contractor and the total cost came in under $10,000. How is it possible that replacing a washed-out pipe could cost over $1 million? That’s 99% higher than this private drive. It doesn’t make sense.

STEVE CLARK

North Wilkesboro, N.C.

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