Citing the federal government shutdown, the state Department of Transportation said Tuesday it had furloughed 22 employees whose jobs are supported by federal public transportation funds.
NCDOT has 65 full-time and six part-time positions that depend entirely or partly on federal dollars, but 16 of these jobs are vacant.
It wasn't immediately clear what transportation programs and services would suffer while the 22 workers are off the job. Ongoing construction projects were not affected by the federal shutdown.
"NCDOT is still working to identify the potential impact to any public transportation, rail, aviation, highway or bike and pedestrian projects that require input or approval from furloughed federal employees," the department said in a news release. "That could impact any state projects that require federal permits and work supported by federal agencies, like dredging projects."