Federal Government Shutdown Could Affect Valley Roads

As the deadline to reach a federal budget deal gets closer, the possible shutdown could directly affect Valley roads.

If a deal isn't reached by Friday at midnight, planning for things like the Bridgewater Bypass and the Stone Spring Road project will be stopped, therefore delaying their completion dates.

Jonathan Harrison, the Operations Manager for the Rockingham Redi-Mix concrete company, says nearly 50 percent of his business comes from government contracts.

While the possible shutdown won't affect any company jobs, designs and plans will be put on hold for future Virginia Department of Transportation projects that improve Valley roads.

Harris also says the actual money being debated over by Democrats and Republicans will have a great effect locally.

"Their decision could have a large impact. Any delay in transportation funding for upcoming VDOT work that has some federal money attached to it could be impacted ," explains Harrison. "Also, any upcoming school work that has federal money attached to it could be affected by the future budget."

Harrison adds that jobs under construction and close to completion in the next several days will go on as scheduled, even if the shutdown happens, because funding has already been established for them.


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