The North Carolina Department of Transportation, like many government agencies, is experiencing the immediate impact of the federal shutdown.
There are 65 full-time NCDOT positions and six part time positions that are fully or partially funded by federal dollars (16 of those positions are currently vacant).
Because of the shutdown, Human Resources was instructed to furlough 22 NCDOT employees immediately.
“Our people are NCDOT's most valuable resource, and our dedicated team works hard everyday across the state to improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “We hope the federal government will resume operations as quickly as possible so all of our employees can get back to work.”
NCDOT is still working to identify the potential impact to any public transportation, rail, aviation, highway or bike and pedestrian projects that require input or approval from furloughed federal employees. That could impact any state projects that require federal permits and work supported by federal agencies, like dredging projects.
NCDOT will continue to work closely with federal partners, monitor the situation closely, and update the public as they learn more about the potential impact.