Department of Transportation said Tuesday it is delaying work
on hundreds of long-range road projects because of a lack of money.
Short on cash, state transportation commissioners have said they
will focus on road maintenance rather than new construction.
sent about 80 letters to engineering firms last week, suspending
or killing between $30 million and $40 million in design contracts.
MDOT also is canceling or delaying right-of-way land purchases
totaling more than $90 million.
voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have raised
about $483 million annually by increasing the state's sales and
motor fuel taxes.
warned before the August election that, if the proposition failed,
the department would shift its focus to maintaining existing roads
and away from building new ones. The savings announced Tuesday,
which total more than $120 million over four years, will help
the department cover immediate cash needs resulting from bond
debts and lower revenues.