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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces More than $232 Million in Emergency Relief for Road/Bridge Repairs

Funds will be used to address widespread flood damage in 26 states and Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced $232.5 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help 26 states and Puerto Rico repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events.

“We are committed to getting transportation facilities restored as quickly as possible following natural disasters and other emergencies,” said Secretary Foxx. “These funds will certainly repair  roads and bridges, but most importantly, they are helping people who rely on them every day to arrive at their jobs and pick up their children at school.”

FHWA’s ER program reimburses states for eligible expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations based on their requests.  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.

According to Beyond Traffic, a report issued by the Department in February, the Federal Highway Administration estimates that approximately $77 billion in annual investment is needed to meet the needs of our federal-aid highway system.  In addition, there are 60,000 miles of coastal roads in America that are exposed to flooding from heavy rain and storm surges.  Low-lying road infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to storm surges and bridges— because they often cross or are near bodies of water— are vulnerable to storm surges.

“We want states to know that they can go ahead and expedite repairs where they are needed most following a disaster and that they will be repaid,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau. "It is our top priority to help states and their communities that have been hurt by storms like these -- so their residents can get back to traveling freely and safely again.”

At $55 million, Colorado topped the list among states reimbursed through the ER program –for a single flood event that caused widespread damage throughout the state, most of which is in the Boulder area. 

Arizona also received $36 million for a slope failure on US 89 in Coconino County and Ohio $34 million for rock fall damages on SR 7 in Jefferson County.  Both Alabama, in Baldwin and Mobile Counties, and Tennessee, south of Nashville, are repaid for repairs on two bridges on I-65 damaged by truck fires. 

Delaware received funding to fix damaged piers on the I-495 bridge spanning the Christina River near the Port of Wilmington. Twenty other states received funding for extensive flooding, rainfall and other eligible events as well.    

Emergency Relief Program Allocation

 
    

State

Event Title

Allocation

 

Alabama

Feb. 9, 2012  I-20 Sinkhole

$320,000

 

Alabama

Feb. 1-26, 2013  Severe Flooding

$1,200,000

 

Alabama

April 28, 2014  Storms and Flooding

$1,500,000

 

Alabama

May 22, 2014  Truck Crash and Fire on I-65 Bridge

$4,607,000

 

Alabama

July 31, 2014  Truck Crash/Fire on I-10 EB Bridge at Exit 30

$850,000

 

Arizona

Jan. 2010  Winter Storm

$1,000,000

 

Arizona

Feb. 20, 2013  US 89 Slope Failure

$36,000,000

 

Arizona

Sept. 2014  Rainfall and Flooding

$12,500,000

 

California

Feb. 2014  Storms

$2,765,597

 

California

Aug. 24, 2014  Napa Valley Earthquake

$4,800,000

 

Colorado

Sept. 11, 2013  Flooding

$55,000,000

 

Colorado

Aug. 9, 2013  US 24 Flood Damage

$576,159

 

Colorado

Jan. 2014  US 550 Rockfall

$850,000

 

Delaware

June 2014  I-495 Bridge Pier Damage

$4,000,000

 

Florida

Aug. 25, 2012  Tropical Storm Isaac

$900,000

 

Florida

April 29-30, 2014  Spring Flooding

$13,400,000

 

Idaho

July 31-Aug. 7, 2014  Heavy Rainfall and Flooding

$320,000

 

Indiana

April 2011  Severe Storms and Flooding

$369,603

 

Kentucky

June 2011  Storms and Flooding

$212,611

 

Kentucky

March 2012  Tornadoes and Storms

$53,342

 

Kentucky

April 2013  Storms and Flooding

$100,437

 

Michigan

Sept. 26, 2014  Pedestrian Bridge Collapse

$200,000

 

Montana

March 2014  Severe Flooding

$1,639,860

 

Nebraska

May 2011  Platte and Missouri River Flooding

$2,015,609

 

Nevada

Sept. 2014  Rainfall and Flooding

$9,144,000

 

New Mexico

Sept. 9, 2013  Flooding

$3,000,000

 

New Mexico

September 18, 2014 Severe Storms and Flooding

$530,500

 

New York

May 2014  Flooding

$1,000,000

 

North Dakota

May 19, 2014  Southern Mouse River Basin Flooding

$3,954,540

 

North Dakota

May 19, 2014  West James River Basin Flooding

$1,736,539

 

North Dakota

May 19, 2014  Divide County Basin 1 Flooding

$4,923,337

 

North Dakota

May 19, 2014  Divide County Basin 2 Flooding

$1,283,498

 

Ohio

Mid‐March 2011  Heavy Rain fall

$1,500,000

 

Ohio

Jan. 2012  ER Event in Jefferson County

$34,375,000

 

Oklahoma

May 24 - June 10, 2007  Flooding Event

$1,044,000

 

Oregon

Feb. 6, 2014  I-84 Rockslide

$750,000

 

Puerto Rico

May 10, 2014  Rio Grande Rainfall

$1,000,000

 

South Carolina

Aug. 6, 2013  Jones Mill Rd Bridge Failure

$483,412

 

South Dakota

June 2014  Heavy Rainfall and Flooding

$4,608,812

 

Tennessee

April 28-30, 2014  Storms, Landslide, and Rockslide

$825,600

 

Tennessee

Aug. 15, 2014  Tanker Truck Crash and Fire on I-65

$2,060,497

 

Utah

Sept. 2014  Rainfall and Flooding - Utah detours

$200,000

 

Vermont

April 23 - May 30, 2011  Severe Storms and Flooding

$166,000

 

Vermont

Aug. 27, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene

$4,440,000

 

Washington

Sept. 2013  Rain US 12 Slide

$230,027

 

Washington

March 2014  Abnormal Rainfall

$5,093,898

 

Washington

Aug. 21, 2014  Heavy Rainfall and Flooding

$3,527,285

 

Wisconsin

June 2012 NW  Wisconsin Flooding Event

$1,200,000

 

Wisconsin

Sept. 25, 2013  I-43 Leo Frigo Bridge Pier Failure

$200,000

 

Total

$232,457,163

 
    

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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