NCDOT Announces Layoffs, Project Delays
The NC Department of Transportation has announced layoffs of more than 300 temporary workers and consultants across the state, in response to the recent COVID-19 induced financial crisis. Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette and his department advise that the DOT told affected workers that Friday is their last day, and that more workers will be similarly affected in the coming weeks. In addition, officials have advised that layoffs and furloughs are in the planning stages for permanent DOT workers as well.
In a recent NCDOT news release, the DOT announced that it expects a budget shortfall of at least $300 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. The NCDOT budget is funded largely through Highway Use Tax, DMV fees, and the Motors Fuels Tax. In all, the state is expected to delay approximately 88 projects that otherwise would have started in the coming 12 months. Only approximately 50 projects will continue to move forward at this time.
The complete list of delayed projects can be found here: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Documents/2020-ncdot-project-schedule-change.pdf