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21 states receive $333.9 million in emergency relief for road repairs

The Department of Transportation (DoT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the relief of $333.9 million in emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to assist 21 states with repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.

“We are making good on our promise to help residents in states affected by natural disasters and other emergencies,” said Secretary Foxx. “These funds are part of our ongoing commitment to Americans all across the country to make sure that the damaged roads and bridges they depend on to get to work or deliver goods are restored as quickly as possible.”

Among the states receiving federal funds, Colorado will receive the largest portion of funds, $132 million to cover flood damage from September 2013 and damage due to rockfalls in January 2014. California will receive $71.2 million to cover extensive damages from several earthquakes and flooding from storms.

Washington will receive $35 million for repairs to a section of S.R. 530 severely damaged by a heavy mudslide in March 2014. $33 million will be allocated to Delaware to cover the damage that occurred in May 2014 to the I-495 bridge pier. Many other states will also receive funding to fix substantial damage to roads and bridges caused by unusually heavy rains within the last year.

The funds, which come from the U.S. Treasury’s General Fund and not the Highway Trust Fund, help to pay for reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges, to establish detours and replace guardrails or other damaged safety devices.

In addition, tens of millions in emergency relief funds will address a backlog of damages made prior to 2012. The backlog dates back to December 2005 when California requested relief funds to repair damages caused by storms. The DoT’s relief package will allocate $4.8 million to California for the December 2005 storms.

“These funds will help states restore their transportation networks,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “Getting life back to normal in these areas is our top priority and safe, functional transportation is at the heart of that."

FHWA’s Emergency Relief program reimburses states for expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations.

 

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