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U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces More Than $319 Million as Repayment for Repairs to Damaged Roads and Bridges

Emergency Relief Funds Will Help States

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S Department of Transportation will provide more than $319 million to states across the nation to cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today.

“Restoring vital transportation links requires immediate attention so people can get back to their daily routines and activities,” said Secretary LaHood. "We stand ready to provide the financial backing so states can make repairs quickly and without hesitation.”

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will provide a total of $319,710,818 from its emergency relief program to 28 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa to reimburse them for damages caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes and other natural events.

“Restoring roads and bridges is critical after a natural disaster or catastrophic event," said FHWA Administrator Mendez. "We want states to know that we will reimburse them for work that is necessary to get roads and bridges back in service again after an emergency.”

Among states receiving funding, Tennessee will receive $39 million for storms and flooding, North Dakota will receive $33.5 million for flooding in the Devil's Lake region and Rhode Island will receive $26 million for flooding.

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

The FHWA’s emergency relief program reimburses states for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways that were damaged in disasters and catastrophic failures.

FY 2011 Emergency Relief Funding

State Event Allocation Allocation Subtotal By State
Alabama December 2009 Heavy Rains and Flooding 8,763,243 8,763,243
Alaska  October 2009 Flooding 1,217,947 1,217,947
American Samoa September 29, 2009 Tsunami 9,000,000 9,000,000
Arizona January 2010 Winter Storm 20,000,000  
  June - July 2010 Schultz Fire 9,200,000 29,200,000
Arkansas October , 2009 Storms and Flooding 9,192,437 9,192,437
Colorado March  2010 Glenwood Canyon
Rockslide
1,500,000 1,500,000
Connecticut Spring 2010 Flooding 3,268,892 3,268,892
Florida

January 2010 Sinkholes

1,448,375 1,448,375
Illinois September 2008 Storms and Flooding 360,560  
  July  2010 Rainfall and Flooding 3,022,672 3,383,232
Iowa May 2010 Severe Storms and Flooding 2,869,721  
  June 2010 Severe Storms and Flooding 10,259,719 13,129,440
Kentucky May 2010 Flooding 1,818,215 1,818,215
Massachusetts  March - April 2010 Flooding 8,600,000 8,600,000
Minnesota March - April 2010 Flooding 847,000  
  September 2010 Flooding 4,000,000 4,847,000
Mississippi April 2010 Severe Storms 1,313,379 1,313,379
Missouri June  2010 Flooding and US 24 Bridge Damage 6,913,303  
  September  2010 Flooding 1,036,963 7,950,266
Montana  May  2010 US 87/89 Slide 2,729,610 2,729,610
Nebraska June - July 2010 Flooding 7,042,707 7,042,707
New Hampshire August , 2009 Route 16 Slope Failure 1,017,787 1,017,787
New Jersey March , 2010 Severe Storm 1,688,405 1,688,405
North Carolina  October  2009 I-40 Rockslide 14,950,000 14,950,000
North Dakota Spring 2010 Devils Lake Basin Flooding 33,500,000  
  Spring 2010 Snowmelt and Flooding 7,750,000  
  Spring 2010 West James River Basin Flooding 6,700,000  
  Spring 2010 Sheyenne/James River Basin Flooding 2,500,000 50,450,000
Puerto Rico May , 2010 Heavy Rains 2,318,368  
  July  2010 Heavy Rains 3,916,095 6,234,463
Rhode Island Spring 2010 Flooding 26,000,000 26,000,000
South Dakota Spring 2010 Flooding 10,911,352  
  May  2010 Flooding 2,566,475  
  July  2010 Flooding 1,773,699 15,251,526
Tennessee January  2010 US 64 Rockslide 1,021,753  
  January  2010 Rockslide on US 441/321 885,692  
  March  2010 Rockslide on US 129 (SR 115) 2,995,054  
  April - May 2010 Storms and Flooding 39,009,069 43,911,568
Texas

September  2008 Hurricane Ike

8,671,009 8,671,009
Utah December  2010 Severe Storms and Flooding 2,694,953 2,694,953
Washington December  2005 Storm    
  November 2006 Storm 8,250,000  
  December  2007 Storm 2,150,000  
  January  2009 Storm 11,936,000  
  October  2009 SR 410 Landslide    
  January 2010 Rainfall 3,132,000 25,468,000
West Virginia March 2010 Flooding 2,600,000  
  June 2010 Flooding 2,400,000 5,000,000
Wyoming June 2010 Flooding 3,968,364 3,968,364
  Total 319,710,818 319,710,818
Monday, April 11, 2011