As people across North Carolina heed a statewide stay-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19, traffic volumes have plummeted, causing at least a $300 million budget shortfall for the N.C. Department of Transportation in the current fiscal year and an uncertain forecast for the next budget year. . . Projects moving forward are funded by GARVEE bonds, BUILD NC bonds, and federal grants. Those include the $3.4 million Highland Lake Road improvement. . .