RALEIGH, NC -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation furloughed 22 employees Tuesday and said they are working to identify the potential impact to public transportation.

There are 65 full-time NCDOT positions and six part time positions that are fully or partially funded by federal dollars, according to Communications Director Mike Charbonneau. Sixteen of those positions are currently vacant.

According to Charbonneau, 'NCDOT is still working to identify the potential impact to any public transportation, rail, aviation, highway or bike and pedestrian projects that require input or approval from furloughed federal employees. That could impact any state projects that require federal permits and work supported by federal agencies, like dredging projects.'

NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata said their dedicated workers are their most valuable resource.

'We hope the federal government will resume operations as quickly as possible so all of our employees can get back to work,' Tata said.

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