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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Close to $62 Million in Funding for Repairs to Damaged Roads and Bridges

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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Close to $62 Million in Funding for Repairs to Damaged Roads and Bridges

Federal Highway Administration
2 April 2012

FHWA 14-12
Monday, April 2, 2012
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel: 202-366-0660

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced nearly $62 million for seven states to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters and catastrophic events.

"The Obama Administration is committed to getting resources in the hands of communities to help them recover quickly," said Secretary LaHood. "This emergency relief money will help restore roads and bridges so people can travel safely."

The money will reimburse states for fixing or replacing highways, bridges and other roadway structures. Costs associated with detours, debris removal and other immediate measures necessary to restore traffic flow in affected areas are also eligible for reimbursement.

"Roads and bridges act as vital links in local communities who feel their loss after natural disasters," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "The Department is committed to repaying states for all the work that was necessary immediately following these events to help people get back to normal faster."

Seven states will receive a total of $61,949,103: Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Maine, South Carolina, Washington and Wyoming. Kentucky will receive $9 million to restore service following the closing of the Eggners Ferry Bridge after it was struck by a cargo vessel in January; Wyoming will receive $20.8 million for repairs following unprecedented snow melt and rains that caused flooding in more than a dozen counties; and Alaska will receive $11.9 million to help repair damage as a result of record flooding.

FHWA's Emergency Relief (ER) program reimburses states for the repair and reconstruction of federal-aid highways and bridges that suffer serious damage as a result of natural disaster or catastrophic event. The funding helps pay for expenses resulting from extraordinary conditions.

Emergency Relief Program Allocations

State Event Allocation
Alabama July 1, 2010 I-65 Sinkhole $1,825,115
Alaska Summer 2010 Taylor Highway Flooding $11,987,752
Kentucky January 26, 2012 Eggners Ferry Bridge Damage $9,000,000
Maine May 2006 Rainfall and Flooding $46,000
South Carolina May 22, 2011 SC Route 150 Bridge Damage $3,437,883
Washington October 11, 2009 SR 410 Landslide $5,864,896
December 2010 Storms $8,987,457
Wyoming May - July 2011 Flooding $20,800,000
Total $61,949,103

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