Road Projects Affected

A top lawmaker on transportation said Minnesota’s slumping economy could affect road and bridge projects.

Sen. Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, said the economic downturn may result in less revenue from the gasoline tax and vehicle fees. Since those funds are dedicated to transportation projects, and an influx of general state tax revenue is unlikely, the effect could be a slowing of construction plans in 2009, he said.

"It’s not like those projects are going to be canceled," said Murphy, Senate Transportation Committee chairman. "They’re just going to be delayed."