USDOT Providing $9 Million in Quick Release Funds to Alaska

Oct. 7, 2022
The funds will help with the infrastructure damage sustained from Typhoon Merbok

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced on Thursday of the release of $9 million in "quick release" Emergency Relief (ER) funds to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The funds will be used to help offset the cost of emergency repairs to the roads and bridges damaged by widespread flooding along Western Alaska due to Typhoon Merbok in September.

“We are announcing emergency funding today to help the people of Western Alaska reopen vital roads, speed up emergency repairs before the winter season, and ultimately recover from the damage caused by Typhoon Merbok,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“The Federal Highway Administration is working closely with Alaska to repair the damage caused by Typhoon Merbok in Western Alaska,” Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said. “The quick release funding we are providing will help get those repairs done as soon as possible and better prepare this area for future storms and floods.”

Typhoon Merbok touched down in Western Alaska on September 15, with hurricane-force winds, higher than normal tidal ranges, and storm surges of up to 10 feet above mean high water. The typhoon caused wind damage, as well as, severe riverine and coastal flooding, to approximately 40 cities and villages along an approximately 1,300-mile-long section of the Western and Northwestern Alaska coastline. Initial damage reporting shows damage to highway infrastructure, including a several hundred feet breach, erosion, coastal road embankment loss, and pavement loss.

FHWA’s Emergency Relief program provides funding to States, territories, Tribes, and Federal Land Management Agencies for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events. These “quick release” Emergency Relief funds are an initial installment of funds toward restoring this essential transportation link.


Source: USDOT

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