Three States Get $20 Million in Emergency Transportation Funding
May 08, 2012
The money will reimburse states for fixing or replacing highways, bridges and other roadway structures. Costs associated with detours, debris removal and other immediate measures necessary to restore traffic flow in affected areas are also eligible for reimbursement.
Oregon will receive $15 million for cleanup from flooding, landslides and erosion that occurred across the state as a result of severe storms in January 2012. Alabama will receive $3 million for the repair of the March 2010 sinkhole on I-65 in Morgan County. South Carolina will receive $2 million for repairing the Laurens Street Bridge in Aiken after heavy rains caused erosion and closed the bridge in April 2012.
"Disasters can leave communities immobile as local agencies are left with a huge mess to clean up and a price tag to match," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "The Department is committed to repaying states for work that was necessary to get traffic moving and people on their way."
The Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief program reimburses states for the repair and reconstruction of federal-aid highways and bridges that suffer serious damage as a result of natural disaster or catastrophic event. The funding helps pay for expenses resulting from extraordinary conditions.