Government Shutdown Not Expected to Impact Highway Program

As Congress and the White House continue to debate a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, questions have been raised about the impact on the federal-aid highway program. If no decision is reached by Friday, April 8, most of the federal government will be shut down, with employees prohibited from reporting to their work stations. The federal-aid highway program, however, will not be impacted. Because Congress has enacted an extension of authorization for Highway Trust Fund spending through the end of the fiscal year and there remains a balance in the trust fund, the Federal Highway Administration will remain open for business and will continue to process state DOT requests for reimbursement for ongoing highway projects. States will also be able to continue to enter into contracts with the assurance of federal reimbursement.