COMMERCE CITY, Colorado (KDVR) – Asphalt companies in the Denver area say they are facing an asphalt shortage.

Colorado Asphalt Works, Inc. in Commerce City said the situation has been so bad lately that they have asked some employees to stay home.

“It’s a trickle down effect,” said Jason Brown of Asphalt Works. “It affects everyone. “

Brown and Abel Guzman, a project manager, say some of the local asphalt production companies don’t sell to the public and those that do have limits imposed.

Companies are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain materials for making asphalt from oil refineries, which have reduced oil production or distribution.

“The price of asphalt will go way too high,” Guzman said. “Every resident of this state will pay for the consequences of the oil shortage. “

A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Transportation said crews were monitoring the situation closely.

At least one job on the major Interstate 70 construction project called “Central 70” has already been postponed.

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