U.S. Secretary of Transportation Announces More Than $201 Million to Repair Damaged Roads and Bridges
Topics: Ray LaHood
Federal Highway Administration
6 July 2009
Contact: Nancy Singer
Monday, July 6, 2009
Tel.: (202) 366-0660
WASHINGTON, DC – The federal government is making more than $201 million available to states across the nation to cover costs incurred to repair roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural emergencies and catastrophic events, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced today.
"Restoring transportation routes is vital for communities recovering from disaster," Secretary LaHood said. "It is the first step to getting peoples' daily lives back on track."
Under the Federal Highway Administration's emergency relief program, a total of $201,490,146 will go to 15 states, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and federal lands agencies to pay for damages caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes and other disasters and events.
Kentucky and Washington will receive $27 million and $24 million respectively for winter storms in January 2009. Louisiana will receive $16 million to pay for Hurricane Gustav damage.
The funds will reimburse states to fix or replace highways, bridges and other roadway structures such as traffic signals and signs, guardrails and lighting. Also eligible are costs associated with detours, debris removal and other immediate measures necessary to restore traffic flow in impacted areas.
The 2009 Continuing Appropriations Act and the 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Act both provide additional funding for the FHWA program which Congress annually authorizes at $100 million. The program reimburses states for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways that were damaged in disasters and catastrophic failures.
|Alabama||March 2009 Heavy Rainfall||300,000||1,700,000|
|May 2009 Heavy Rainfall||1,400,000|
|Alaska||May 2005 Flooding||2,477,025||6,538,770|
|September 2005 Storm Surge and Flooding||409,140|
|August 2006 Storms||1,152,605|
|May 2009 Spring Thaw, Ice-jams, and Severe Flooding||2,500,000|
|American Samoa||January 2004 Tropical Cyclone Heta||8,000,000||8,000,000|
|Arkansas||January 2009 Ice Storm||9,849,056||9,849,056|
|Illinois||September 2008 Storms and Flooding||1,086,599||1,086,599|
|Indiana||June 2008 Midwest Flooding||400,000||400,000|
|Iowa||May - June 2007 Storms and Flooding||526,442||3,396,660|
|June 2008 Midwest Flooding||2,870,218|
|Kentucky||January 2009 Ice Storm||27,513,433||30,346,291|
|May 2009 Flooding||2,832,858|
|Louisiana||September 2008 Hurricane Gustav||16,027,935||16,027,935|
|Mississippi||August 2005 Hurricane Katrina||17,000,000||20,000,000|
|March 2009 Popps Ferry Bridge Damage||3,000,000|
|New Hampshire||May 2006 Rainfall and Flooding||206,222||206,222|
|New York||July 2008 Severe Storms||3,378,737||7,160,285|
|December 2008 Ice Storm||3,781,548|
|North Carolina||November 2006 Storm||2,479,372||2,479,372|
|North Dakota||Spring 2009 Devils Lake Basin Flooding||16,800,000||24,800,000|
|Spring 2009 Statewide Flooding||4,000,000|
|Spring 2009 West James Basin Flooding||4,000,000|
|Tennessee||January 2009 Severe Winter Weather||1,023,183||1,023,183|
|Virgin Islands||October 2008 Hurricane Omar||730,591||730,591|
|Washington||December 2007 Rainfall and Flooding||4,798,000||29,245,182|
|May 2008 Flooding||7,500|
|July 2008 I-5/SR 11 Overpass Truck Crash||1,000|
|November 2008 Storm||300,000|
|January 2009 Storm||24,138,682|
|Federal Lands Agencies||Includes Arkansas March 2008 storms (Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forest); Colorado Winter 2007-2008 storms (San Juna National Forest); Maine July 2007 storms (White Mountain National Forest); Texas September 2008 Tropical Storm Lowell (Big Bend National Park); and numerous other storms causing damage to national parks and forests and Indian lands around the country.||38,500,000||38,500,000|
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