The U.S. Transportation Department released $333.9 million in emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration on Wednesday to help 21 states make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other events.
“We are making good on our promise to help residents in states affected by natural disasters and other emergencies,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “These funds are part of our ongoing commitment to Americans all across the country to make sure that the damaged roads and bridges they depend on to get to work or deliver goods are restored as quickly as possible.”
Washington, for example, will receive $35 million for repairs to a section of S.R. 530 severely damaged by a heavy mudslide in March. Minnesota and Colorado will receive funding to fix substantial damage to roads and bridges caused by heavy rains within the past year. In addition, tens of millions of dollars in emergency relief funds will address a backlog of damages made prior to 2012, DOT said.
FHWA’s Emergency Relief program reimburses states for expenses related to damages from natural disasters or other emergencies. The funds, which come from the U.S. Treasury’s General Fund and not the Highway Trust Fund, help pay for reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges, to establish detours, and replace guardrails or other damaged safety devices.