The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced more than $1 billion in emergency relief funds to help 32 states, several U.S. territories and Federal Land Management Agencies repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events.
The program reimburses states, territories and agencies for eligible expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations. The funds help to pay for the reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges along with the arrangement of detours and replacement of guardrails or other damaged safety devices.
At approximately $263.7 million, more than a fourth of the total amount will be used to repair damages caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This includes awards of $75 million to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; $97 million to Florida as they repair damage from Hurricane Irma; and $70 million to assist in Puerto Rico’s rebuilding after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
California received the single largest award, more than $240 million, to repair damage caused by earthquakes and storms. New York state received almost $12 million for ongoing repairs related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
The smallest award went to Missouri, which received $872 for damage caused by an August 2013 flood.