The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Friday announced more than $1 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 32 states, several U.S. territories and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMA) repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events.
FHWA’s ER program reimburses states, territories and FLMAs 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.
“The administration is helping states and territories repair and rebuild their infrastructure in the wake of last year’s hurricanes and other disasters across the country,” U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao said in a release.
At approximately $263.7 million, more than a fourth of the total amount provided will be used to repair damages caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This includes awards of $75 million to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; $97 million to Florida as they repair damage from Hurricane Irma; and $70 million to assist in Puerto Rico’s rebuilding after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
A full list of the FY 2018 ER program funding from FHWA can be found here.
Source: U.S. DOT