July 21, 2021 – The El Paso County Department of Public Works is closely monitoring a current shortage of asphalt. Oil is a major component of asphalt production. The nationwide decrease in oil production and distribution is limiting the local supply of asphalt.

El Paso County maintains over 1,100 centerline miles of paved roads, equating to over 2,300 lane miles. El Paso County uses asphalt and other oil-based products for road repairs such as crack sealing, chip sealing, and filling potholes. The limited supply of asphalt makes it challenging for Public Works to do planned road maintenance and repairs. Public Works is currently prioritizing the schedule of repairs based on asphalt material availability. The limited supply of asphalt from local suppliers has delayed pothole repairs.

El Paso County is closely monitoring the availability of asphalt materials and its impact on operations. Public Works will continue to research solutions and seek possible alternative sources for asphalt materials.

Media Availability

El Paso County Public Works Director Kevin Mastin will be available for interviews today from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade.

El Paso County wishes to thank residents for their patience and understanding. Residents can visit the Department of Public Works Construction and Maintenance Projects page for information on short-term and long-term projects as well as weekly road work and maintenance in El Paso County. The schedule for construction and maintenance projects is subject to change due to weather or resource availability.