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DOT emergency relief funds set to counter mudslide damage in Washington State

On Saturday, a devastating mudslide struck near Oso, Washington, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains along the Stillaguamish River. The slide swept through homes and across state Route 530. Today, our hopes and prayers are with the families and friends of those who died and with those still awaiting word on missing loved ones.

To help Washington state cover the costs of repairing damaged roads in Snohomish County, we have announced the immediate availability of $1 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration...

Photo of debris blocking state Route 530, credit Lindsey Wasson / Reuters

Sandy: one year later

Transportation recovery continues moving forward with DOT support

In the year since Hurricane Sandy, we have worked closely with our state and federal partners to help restore transportation systems in affected states, while also working to ensure that new infrastructure is built to withstand future storms.

Rebuilding damaged roads, bridges, tunnels, and transit lines is no easy task. And this Department has worked hard to speed relief and recovery funds to the state and local agencies doing the heavy lifting. That lifting is the real work, and the men and women doing it deserve our thanks.

Hurricane Sandy provided a devastating reminder of how much we depend on our transportation systems.

Photo of workers inspecting damage to Montague Tunnel, courtesy M.T.A.

Task Force releases Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

Recommendations seek to help communities better withstand --and recover from-- future storms

Yesterday, President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force released a strategy to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild. The strategy's 69 policy recommendations, many of which have already been adopted, will help homeowners stay in and repair their homes, strengthen small businesses, and revitalize local economies. Many of the recommendations also serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather.

As the President said, "We have cut red tape, piloted cutting edge programs and strengthened our partnership with state and local officials. While a great amount of work remains, we will stand with the region for as long as it takes to recover."

Photo of transit workers pumping out a New York subway train

With help from DOT, Liberty Island reopens for 4th Of July

FHWA emergency relief funds enable first visitors to Statue Of Liberty since Sandy

I'm happy to write that--eight months after being shut down by Hurricane Sandy--the Statue of Liberty reopened to visitors on the 4th of July.

Last October, the superstorm destroyed Liberty Island's passenger docks, making it impossible to ferry visitors to the island. In February, our Federal Highway Administration provided funding to the National Park Service for repair of the roads, bridges, ferry docks and pedestrian walkways damaged by the storm.

Photo of Deputy Secretary John Porcari observing ongoing construction work on Liberty Island

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

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.

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