Tell the Trump Administration and Congress to include immediate funding for state departments of transportation (DOTs) in future COVID-19 relief legislation! Thousands of construction jobs may be on the line if they do not act soon.
Due to the unprecedented impact of the pandemic, state DOTs are beginning to delay projects until next year and consider cancelling others, as transportation revenue projections show significant declines nationwide. Without immediate federal funding to state DOTs to help ensure these projects can move forward, the threat of significant layoffs grows exponentially.
Currently, projections show a 50 percent vehicle traffic decline and, in certain states, toll road traffic down 67 percent. Specific impacts of these declines include individual state transportation revenue losses as high as 45 percent in the next 18 months. Already, state DOTs are delaying transportation projects that were previously set to move forward, including but not limited to:
- North Carolina DOT reduced proposed construction projects from 131 to 38 for the upcoming budget year, a $2 billion reduction;
- Ohio DOT delay two major interstate construction projects for the upcoming fiscal year; and
- Missouri DOT postponed 18 road and bridge projects, with as many as 299 additional projects, valued at $785 million.
The Trump Administration and Congress must provide state DOTs with additional funding to help backfill lost state transportation revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic to combat the threat of further project delays, cancellations and, ultimately, construction worker layoffs.
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