NCDOT is laying off hundreds of temporary employees and contractors to stay within state law. It must maintain a balance of 282 million dollars in transportation funds. But recent hurricanes and mudslides, and the costs to make road repairs, have strained its budget. To help stay above its statutory floor, the DOT is laying off about 500 workers…operations and maintenance employees tied to projects not going forward. Lewis says the state spent hundreds of millions to fix roads in the wake of hurricanes Matthew and Florence, with very slow repayments from the federal government. No ongoing work like the I-26 widening project will be impacted, and no full-time employees are affected. Lewis says the final decision on those to be laid off will be made within a couple weeks.