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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, NC DOT secretary worried about road money

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DURHAM, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration's transportation leaders are worried about the future of state and federal funding sources to pay for roads and bridges in North Carolina.

McCrory told a North Carolina Chamber conference the state's transportation projects will be delayed if Congress fails to re-authorize a law expiring this fall. Federal money makes up more than one-quarter of state transportation spending. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said Wednesday DOT would have to stop writing checks by August without a resolution.

Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson also told business leaders the state's current road-building revenue sources — particularly the gasoline tax — cannot meet infrastructure demands.

Tata is working on a 25-year transportation plan for McCrory, who says it will take into account fewer dollars coming from Washington.

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