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USDOT Awards Louisiana $5M in Quick Release Emergency Relief Funding

BATON ROUGE, LA — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces the immediate availability of $5 million in quick release Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help Louisiana begin repairs to highways and bridges damaged by Hurricane Laura and Tropical Storm Marco.

“This administration is committed to helping the residents of Louisiana recover and rebuild in the aftermath of these hurricanes,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Louisiana experienced high winds and heavy rain from August 23-29, 2020. Storm surge, high winds, and flood damage occurred throughout the western half of the state.

These quick release funds will make it easier for emergency repair work, such as stabilizing and repairing roadway embankments and bridges, rebuilding damaged roadways, and repairing or replacing damaged structures, traffic signals, and signs, to begin immediately.

“FHWA is working with Louisiana officials to get roads affected by Hurricane Laura repaired and operating again as quickly as possible,” said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason. “These funds can help pay for the work necessary to support the economic well-being in several parishes.”

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FHWA’s ER program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events. These quick release ER funds are an initial installment of funds used to restore essential traffic and to limit further highway damage, which can help long-term repair work begin more quickly.

The FHWA is an agency within USDOT that supports state and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the nation’s highway system and various federally and tribal owned lands. The FHWA is responsible for ensuring the safety of America’s roads and highways.

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