USDOT Providing California with $15.3 Million in "Quick Release" Emergency Funds

Oct. 6, 2023
The funds will offset the cost of damage done by Tropical Storm Hilary

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the availability of $15.3 million in "quick release" Emergency Relief funds for California. The funds will offset costs of repair work needed for roads, trails, parking areas, and other infrastructure damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary in August.

“As California continues to rebuild after Tropical Storm Hilary, these emergency funds will help repair roads and bridges in 12 counties, restoring access to key attractions that support the local community and economy,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“The Federal Highway Administration is providing resources to reopen roads in California that were damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary,” said Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt. “Today’s announcement represents a down payment on our commitment to ensuring all repairs are completed.”

Tropical Storm Hilary came down on Aug. 18, and impacted 12 counties with heavy rain, flooding, lightning, and gusty winds, along with mud and debris flows. The storm caused damage and forced the closure of federal-aid roads and highways. The quick release funds will primarily be used on local public agency facilities impacted by this disaster.

Additional funds needed to repair damages on the federal lands affected by Tropical Storm Hilary will be supported by the Emergency Relief program through nationwide funding allocations.


Source: USDOT