The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is reporting that due to COVID-19 impacts the department will experience at least a $300 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30.
Because NCDOT revenue is fully funded through the Motor Fuels Tax, Highway Use Tax and DMV fees, this significant impact has forced the department to notify local governments, stakeholders and the general public that all but about 50 major projects scheduled to start in the next 12 months are delayed, according to a press release from NCDOT.
Locally, the start of construction on a new bridge at the higway 105/Broadstone Road intersection will be delayed.
Projects moving forward are funded by GARVEE bonds, BUILD NC bonds and federal grants.
A list of the projects that are still scheduled to be awarded in the next year is available on the NCDOT website. The list of projects that have schedule changes is in a PDF at the end of this article.
These changes do not affect construction projects already underway or that have already been awarded, according to the press release.
The department is taking other significant steps to decrease expenditures, including:
- Allowing only mission critical purchases
- Laying off temporary and embedded consultants
- Suspending or decreasing many programs and services
- Hiring freeze (except for positions that impact public safety)
The department is in the process of developing plans for potential furloughs and a Reduction in Force (RIF). Those plans are not yet complete and no decision has been made at this time to enact them.DOT-SCHEDULE-CHANGE-small