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U.S. DOT directs $410 million in emergency relief for road and bridge repairs

December 11th, 2015 / By: / Industry News, News

Federal money to 33 states for damage from natural disasters

In a press release issued last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that $410 million in emergency relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be directed to help 33 states repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other natural disasters.

The press release said that FHWA’s ER program reimburses states for eligible expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations based on their requests. The federal money is primarily intended 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.

“We stand by communities that have been impacted by natural disaster and other emergencies,” said Secretary Foxx. “These funds will allow states to complete projects that are ready to go and that will allow people to travel and resume their daily lives as soon as possible.”

“Emergency relief funding is an integral part of the federal-aid program,” said Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “Part of our mission is to help states get back on track by restoring broken transportation links when disaster strikes.”

The press release noted several examples:

  • At $115.5 million, Colorado topped the list among states reimbursed for a single incident through the ER program—September 2013 floods that caused widespread damage throughout the state.
  • New Jersey and New York together received more than $92 million for Hurricane Sandy repairs, which reflects the length and cost of repairs made since the event in 2012.
  • Repayments for more recent events include more than $14 million for Northern California storms last February and more than $13 million for storms and landslides in Ohio last March. South Carolina will receive nearly $10 million for October floods, and additional emergency relief funds once the state completes its ongoing damage assessments.
  • In addition to 33 states, FHWA ER money also went to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and several federal land management agencies.

Emergency Relief Allocations—FY 2016

State Event Allocation State Totals
Alabama February 1 – 26, 2013 – Severe Flooding $1,613,193
April 28, 2014 – Storms and Flooding $2,699,630 $4,312,823
 Alaska  November 2013 – Coastal Storm  $3,423,920
 Spring 2015 – Dalton Highway Flooding  $1,316,893  $4,740,813
 Arizona  August 9, 2015 – US 89A Washout  $658,446  $658,446
 Arkansas  May 2015 – Rainfall and Flooding  $658,446  $658,446
 California  December 2005 – Statewide Storms  $12,642,168
 December 2014 – Statewide Storm Damage  $14, 485,817
 September 12, 2015 – Valley Fire  $1,975,339  $29,203,324
 Colorado  September 11, 2013 – Flooding  $115,514,341
 Spring 2015 – Statewide Flood damage  $3,555,610  $119,069,951
 Delaware  June 2014 – I-495 Bridge Pier Damage  $1,975,339  $1,975,339
 Florida  August 25, 2012 – Tropical Storm Isaac  $487,250  $487,250
 Indiana  April 2011 – Severe Storms and Flooding  $790,136  $790,136
 Iowa  September 9, 2014 – Heavy Rainfall and Flood  $1,975,339  $1,975,339
 Kansas  May 4 to June 21, 2015 – Flooding  $790,136  $790,136
 Kentucky  March 2015 – Storms  $3,687,299  $3,687,299
 Michigan  August 11, 2014 – Heavy Rainfall and Flooding  $460,912
 September 26,2014 – Pedestrian Bridge Collapse  $2,305,562  $2,765,474
 Minnesota  June 2014 – Heavy Rainfall and Flooding  $2,392,794  $2,392,794
 Mississippi  February 2015 – Storms  $444,127  $444,127
 Missouri  May – June 2013 – Flooding  $329,223
 May – July 2015 – Severe Storms and Flooding  $1,274,059  $1,274,059
 Montana  August 2014, Rainfall and Flooding  $855,980  $859,980
 Nebraska  May 2 – June 17, 2015 – Severe Storms and Flooding  $1,274,059  $1,274,059
 New Jersey October 29, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy $52,000,000  $52,000,000
 New Mexico September 18, 2014 – Severe Storms & Floods  $8,559,801  $8,559,801
 New York  October 29, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy  $40,223,117  $40,223,117
 Ohio  March – April 2011 – Heavy Rainfall  $9,415,781
 March 2015 – Storms and Landslides  $13,168,925
 July 1, 2015 – Tanker Truck Crash $977,134  $23,561,840
 Oklahoma  May 24 – June 10, 2007 – Flooding  $23,704
 May 18 – June 2, 2013 – Severe Storms and Tornadoes  $200,826  $6,808,992
 May 2015 – Storms and Flooding  $6,584,462
 Oregon  January 2012 – Storm and Flooding Event  $1,580,271
 November 2012 – Severe Weather Event  $131,689
 February 6, 2014 – I-84 Rockslide  $1,458,458
 August 10, 2015 – Wildfires  $1,646,116  $4,816,5334
 South Carolina  May 27, 2015 – I-26 Tanker Fire  $537,292
 October 2015 – Severe Storms and Flooding  $9,876,694  $10,413,986
 Texas  May 2015 – Storms and Flooding  $9,876,694  $9,876,694
 Utah  September 2014 – Rainfall and Flooding  $4,665,092  $4,665,092
 Vermont  August 27, 2011 – Tropical Storm Irene  $1,316,892  $1,316,892
 Virginia  March 2015 – Winter Storm  $1,316,892  $1,316,892
 Washington  November 2013 – Storms  $411,529
 March 17, 2013 – SR 16 Bridge Hit  $345,026
 September 2013 – Heavy Rains SR 12 Landslide  $151,443
 March 2014 – Abnormal Rainfall  $421,406
 December 2014 – Severe Storms  $6,503,474
 January 3, 2015 – Rainfall and Flooding  $1,557,225
 February 2015 – Extreme Rainfall  $424,698
 February 9, 2015 – I-5 Overpass Damage  $708,488
 March 13 and April 4, 2015 – Bridge Damage  $2,633,785
 June 2015 – I-5 Bridge Damage  $697,953  $13,855,027
 West Virginia  April 2015 – Storms and Flooding  $5,267,570
 July 2015 – Storms and Flooding  $1,316,892  $6,584,462
 Wisconsin  June 2012 – NW Wisconsin Flooding  $237,041  $237,041
 Wyoming  June 4, 2015 – East Central Wyoming Flooding  $2,897,163  $2,897,163
 N. Mariana  August 2015 – Typhoon Soudelor  $609,063  $609,063
 Subtotal Federal-aid  $365,370,447  $365,370,447
 Federal Land Management Agencies  $44,700,082  $44,700,0082
 Total  $410,070,529  $410,070,529

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