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Local Transportation Projects Temporarily Shut Down

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By David Schultz

The stalling of a key piece of federal legislation is causing the U.S. Department of Transportation to furlough nearly 2,000 employees today.

As a result, dozens of ongoing projects across the country, including the 9th Street Bridge project in D.C. and the Humpback Bridge replacement on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, are at a standstill.

The blocked legislation is a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which goes towards safety inspectors on nearly every transportation project.

Extension of the fund is being held up by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY). He says Congress hasn't come up with a way to pay for the extension, and he doesn't want it to increase the federal deficit.

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