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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $750,000 in 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds for Flood-Damaged Roads in Iowa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the immediate availability of $750,000 in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help Iowa cover the costs of repairing roads damaged by flooding earlier this week.

“These funds are a down payment on repairs to help the people of Iowa," said Secretary Foxx. “Helping the state get repairs done quickly and improve conditions in affected areas is a high priority for all of us."

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $1 Million in Emergency Relief Funds for I-65 Bridge over Alabama’s Middle River

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the release of $1 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to the Alabama Department of Transportation for repairs to the northbound I-65 bridge over Middle River in Baldwin and Mobile Counties which was damaged by a truck fire last month.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $2 Million in Emergency Relief Funds for Delaware’s I-495 Bridge Over Christina River

Funds will help begin repair work to critical Wilmington-area bridge

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the immediate release of $2 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to help the Delaware Department of Transportation repair the I-495 Bridge over the Christina River northeast of Wilmington after inspections revealed support columns on the bridge had shifted.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Calls for Transportation Investment During Visit to I-49 North Segment K in Shreveport

Highlights Project’s Economic Impact as part of Invest in America Bus Tour

SHREVEPORT, La. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today joined state and local officials at the “Segment K” I-49 extension project as part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour, calling it an investment in Louisiana’s economic future that could be replicated across the country if Congress would support a long-term transportation bill.  “Segment K” is part of a corridor that, when completed, will connect the ports of Shreveport and New Orleans to markets around the world.  The Secretary’s visit is part of a multi-state tour highlighting the urgent need to invest in America’s transportation infrastructure at a time when the nation’s surface transportation programs are set to expire and the Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

Dayton’s I-75 modernization project improving safety and capacity while creating jobs

This afternoon, my “Invest in America, Commit to the Future” bus tour stopped in downtown Dayton, Ohio, where I had the chance to tour the I-75 modernization project currently under way.

I met with workers who aren’t just repairing this highway, they’re also increasing its capacity, so that tens of thousands more vehicles will be able to travel this road every day.  In order to keep up with our growing population, a third lane is being added.

The project is also bringing needed safety improvements to the area by removing left-hand exit and entry ramps.  The last phase of this project reduced crashes at a spot once known as “Malfunction Junction” – but I doubt it’ll have that name anymore.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Urges Caution in Nation’s Highway Work Zones

New Data Shows Increase in Work Zone Fatalities Over Last Year

SEATTLE – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today urged people to drive carefully in highway work zones as the start of construction season begins in many states, putting more highway workers and drivers in close proximity. In 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, 609 people died in highway work-zone crashes – an increase of 19 fatalities compared to 2011.

News Digest DOT 31-13

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Proposes New Passenger Train Door Rules.  The Federal Railroad Administration today announced a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) intended to improve the integrity of passenger train exterior side door safety systems. The proposed rule would create new safety standards that would help decrease accidents and improve the safe operation and use of passenger train exterior side doors.