The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced April 13, 2018, the release of more than $1 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 32 states, several U.S. territories and some federal land management agencies repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events.
FHWA’s ER program reimburses states, territories and agencies 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 [Trump] 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,” said Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
At approximately $263.7 million, more than one-fourth of the total amount provided will be used to repair damage 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.
“We stand with all those who have been impacted by a natural disaster from the time of the emergency and until all repairs are completed,” said FHWA Acting Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson.
For a list of projects covered under the ER funds, visit https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/fhwa0518.