OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Uncertainty over federal funding for transportation projects amid a partial government shutdown is forcing some states to delay contracts for new road and bridge work while others are preparing for that possibility.
Transportation officials in Oklahoma this week announced plans to delay bids on 45 highway projects worth about $137 million.
“This will affect only new projects that we haven’t (bid) yet,” Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokeswoman Terri Angier said. “Unless they reach a resolution that includes the budget and authorizes us more money to put toward the projects, we can’t add new projects.”
The agency is delaying bids on 26 projects totaling about $101 million in January and another 19 projects in February worth about $35.6 million, she said.
Highway and bridge projects already underway are not affected by the federal shutdown. The disruption in federal funding flowing to the states instead affects future projects for which departments were going to award bids in the coming weeks.