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USDOT Announces $705.7M in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 34 states, as well as American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events.
“The department is pleased to reimburse states and territories that have made critical repairs to their transportation infrastructure following natural disasters such as wildfires, storms and floods,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
FHWA’s ER program reimburses states, territories and federal land management agencies for eligible expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations.  The funds help to pay for the reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges along with the arrangement of detours and replacement of guardrails or other damaged safety devices.
More than a fifth of the total amount provided — about $153 million — will be used to pay for repairs to damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. There are also funds directed toward other severe weather recovery efforts, including the wildfires in California.
This Emergency Relief funding includes awards of:
  • More than $12.5 million to repair damage to roads and bridges from wildfires in California in 2018.
  • $1.2 million to repair US Highway 550 Red Mountain Pass in southwest Colorado, after it sustained damage from a rock slide.
  • $19.5 million to repair damage caused by Hurricane Michael’s heavy winds and significant storm surge flooding roadways throughout the Panhandle area.
  • “These funds will help keep our country’s roads and bridges safe and well-maintained in the aftermath of the hurricanes and other severe storms seen in recent years,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson.
    Emergency Relief Allocations
    • Alabama: $2,000,000
    • Alaska: $1,539,000
    • American Samoa: $2,780,947
    • Arkansas Federal Lands: $8,658,671
    • California and California Federal Lands: $100,665,360
    • Colorado: $22,790,623
    • Florida and Florida Federal Lands: $21,855,194
    • Georgia: $2,554,139
    • Hawaii and Hawaii Federal Lands: $81,418,547
    • Idaho Federal Lands: $4,758,769
    • Illinois Federal Lands: $119,431
    • Indiana: $6,172,964
    • Kansas: $613,239
    • Kentucky and Kentucky Federal Lands: $7,604,299
    • Maryland: $4,550,000
    • Michigan: $19,927,726
    • Missouri and Missouri Federal Lands: $4,621,758
    • Montana and Montana Federal Lands: $18,237,061
    • Nevada: $8,137,748
    • New Hampshire Federal Lands: $484,845
    • New York: $8,910,888
    • North Carolina Federal Lands: $600,000
    • Ohio: $83,306,676
    • Oklahoma: $6,376,087
    • Oregon and Oregon Federal Lands: $12,601,773
    • Pennsylvania: $30,033,856
    • Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Federal Lands: $138,363,760
    • South Carolina: $7,000,000
    • Tennessee and Tennessee Federal Lands: $2,069,186
    • Texas and Texas Federal Lands: $25,000,393
    • Vermont: $717,000
    • Virgin Islands and Virgin Islands Federal Lands: $13,000,000
    • Virginia Federal Lands: $3,965,234
    • Washington and Washington Federal Lands: $1,342,126
    • West Virginia and West Virginia Federal Lands: $15,671,039
    • Wisconsin and Wisconsin Federal Lands: $23,338,694
    • Wyoming and Wyoming Federal Lands: $13,955,772
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