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Federal Shutdown Affects Oklahoma DOT’s Future Road Projects

Federal Shutdown Affects Oklahoma DOT’s Future Road Projects

Transport Topics
Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2019 2:45 PM, EST

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has delayed the bidding process for upcoming infrastructure projects due to funding uncertainty caused by the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.

Even though the Highway Trust Fund, which assists states with maintenance and construction projects, remains operational, ODOT officials said they’ve started to feel the effects of the shutdown on future projects.

Also, because the government has been buoyed by continuing resolutions since the fall, states haven’t received all of the funding that was scheduled for them in the appropriations process. Those ODOT projects that were already under contract are clipping along as scheduled, but agency spokeswoman Terri Angier said upcoming projects face delays... FULL ARTICLE

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