Federal Highway Trust Fund Gets $11 Billion Patch

Centerline Rumble StripThe US Senate recently passed a House-drafted bill that provides a temporary fix to the federal Highway Trust Fund problems.  The bill moves $11 billion from other sources over to the fund to prevent a 28% reduction in spending during peak construction time.  The fix is far from permanent, but will allow the feds to continue to make payments to state agencies and others – for now.  Several of the large transportation projects currently underway in North Carolina receive federal dollars, including the Monroe Bypass, I-540 / Outer Loop in Wake County, and the Durham East End Connector.