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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1 Million in Emergency Relief for Roads and Bridges Damaged by Flooding in Missouri

Thursday, October 1, 2015

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the immediate availability of $1 million in federal emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to help repair roads and bridges damaged by flooding throughout Missouri.

“Emergency relief funding will make immediate repairs possible so drivers throughout the state can resume their travel,” said Secretary Foxx. “People in Missouri should know that the federal government is working to get the highways and bridges that they rely upon back up and running again.”

Missouri experienced severe storms and flooding in 76 counties—resulting in the closure of hundreds of roadway sections.  Bridges throughout the state are damaged from landslides, erosion and scouring. Culverts are washed out.

“We know how difficult it is to carry out a daily routine when travel links are broken,” said FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “Restoring these critical connections is important to the community.”

Missouri will use the $1 million provided today to help repair bridges as the state continues to assess the damage estimated to reach more than $6.5 million.

The FHWA's Emergency Relief program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

 

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