NC road-building costs could scale back long-term projects

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Department of Transportation will lay off temporary and contract workers and delay the start of about 90 construction projects because of a decline in tax revenues resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.

The department said in a news release that it expects a budget shortfall of at least $300 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.

NCDOT said in the news release that it has told location governments that the shortfall is leading to a delay in all but about 50 major projects scheduled to start in the next 12 months. 

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