ODOT says road projects may need to be cut
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon transportation officials say they may have to scale back plans for highway work because revenue from the gasoline tax is coming in slower than expected.
Cash-strapped drivers are using less gasoline, so they're also paying less in gas taxes to both state and federal treasuries.
Congress could infuse cash to make up for the federal shortfall, but Oregon Department of Transportation officials told legislators Wednesday they're concerned that deficit-reduction efforts will get in the way.
Oregon officials say they could lose $150 million or more in federal funding, but they say it's too early to know which highway projects would be cut or delayed.