NCDOT takes financial hit after natural disasters across state, COVID-19

NCDOT takes financial hit after natural disasters across state, COVID-19

NORTH CAROLINA — North Carolina’s Department of Transportation has taken a huge financial hit this year, and leaders say it has been one thing another another in 2020.

Between natural disasters, layoffs and furloughs, the NCDOT’s budget has been hit hard, which has impacted everything from construction projects to maintenance.

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“We dealt with major Hurricanes Matthew, Michael, Florence,” Jen Thompson with NCDOT said. “We have had snow storms and severe weather in various parts of the state and rock slides. All of these disasters hit our budget. And here comes COVID-19. Everybody has had every way of life turned upside down, including our department.”

Watch the video above as Traffic Team 9′s Mark Taylor digs into the budget crunch and discovers how cuts have impacted dozens of projects across the state.

Fewer cars on the road means fewer traffic stops for troopers, less cash for DOT