The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will allocate $ 1.39 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of storms, floods, wildfires and other events.
“Funding for emergency relief is critical to restoring vital transport links damaged by extreme weather and other unforeseen events that communities rely heavily on for their daily commute,” said Stephanie Pollack, deputy highway administrator federal.
Deputy Administrator Pollack added that the new programs of the bipartite infrastructure law – including the program to promote resilient operations for transformative, efficient and economical transport (PROTECT) – will advance the use of materials and techniques. structural to ensure that highways are better. ready to withstand weather events and natural disasters.
The ER program complements the programs and provisions of the bipartite infrastructure law by encouraging agencies to identify and implement measures to make the restored infrastructure more resilient and better able to withstand damage from future events.
The FHWA’s ER program provides reimbursement of funding to states, territories, federal land management agencies and tribal governments for the reconstruction, restoration and repair of federal aid and federally owned transportation facilities that have suffered damage due to natural disasters or catastrophic failure from external causes.
The allowance will help facilitate recovery from nearly 200 different emergency events, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico; storms and floods in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, California, Alabama and Kentucky; and many more. The funds will finance the reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges as well as the development of detours and the replacement of damaged safety devices.