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Roads, Bridges to Get $333.9M in Relief

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Nearly 40 repair projects in 21 U.S. states will get emergency relief funds to address a maintenance backlog, federal transportation officials say.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $333,930,456 in the second allocation of emergency relief funds for fiscal year 2014.

The Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief program reimburses states for expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations.

'Making Good' on a Promise

Tens of millions of funds from this round will address a backlog of damages that occurred before 2012.

Emergency Relief Funds
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Over $333.9 million in emergency relief funds will help 21 states repair roads and bridges damaged by nautral disasters and other emergency situations.

The funds will help repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events dating at least as far back as the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989. Other events, such as the tilting piers on Delaware's I-495 bridge, happened in recent months.

"We are making good on our promise to help residents in states affected by natural disasters and other emergencies," said Foxx.

The funds come from the U.S. Treasury's General Fund, not the federal Highway Trust Fund. The money will be used to reconstruct or replace of damaged highways and bridges, establish detours and replace guardrails, or other damaged safety devices.

"These funds are part of our ongoing commitment to Americans all across the country to make sure that the damaged roads and bridges they depend on to get to work or deliver goods are restored as quickly as possible," said Foxx.

Funds by State

The largest allocation for a single event is $130 million to address September 2013 flooding in Colorado. Washington State will get the second-largest allocation, $35 million, to make repairs on S.R. 530 after a mudslide in March.

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"These funds are part of our ongoing commitment to Americans all across the country to make sure that the damaged roads and bridges they depend on to get to work or deliver goods are restored as quickly as possible," said Foxx.

The states and their allocations are:

  • Alabama, $3.9 million (four events);
  • Alaska, $6.7 million (two events);
  • Arizona, $1.9 million (one event);
  • California, $71.2 million (nine events);
  • Colorado, $132 million (two events);
  • Delaware, $33 million (one event);
  • Kentucky, $3,106,000 (one event);
  • Indiana, $2 million (one event);
  • Louisiana, $2,306,456 (one event);
  • Minnesota, $5 million (one event);
  • Missouri, $800,000 (one event);
  • New Hampshire, $2.65 million (one event);
  • New York, $5 million (one event);
  • North Carolina, $7.94 million (four events);
  • Ohio, $9.2 million (one event);
  • Oklahoma, $256,000 (one event);
  • Pennsylvania, $2.5 million (one event);
  • South Carolina, $1,704,000 (two events);
  • Virginia, $500,000 (one event);
  • Washington, $38.5 million (two events); and
  • Wyoming, $3,768,000 (one event).

"These funds will help states restore their transportation networks," said Gregory Nadeau, Acting Federal Highway Administrator.

"Getting life back to normal in these areas is our top priority, and safe, functional, transportation is at the heart of that."


Tagged categories: Bridges; Disasters; Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Funding; Government; Roads/Highways

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (8/26/2014, 8:38 AM)

Ridiculous. Paying out (again!) to California for a disaster that happened 25 years ago. Plus another $6,500,000 for the Devil's slide (California state Highway 1) - a road which should have been shut down the FIRST time it was wiped out in 1940. It was closed 7 more times since then. For a 1.2 mile stretch of road.

Comment from John Fauth, (8/26/2014, 9:45 AM)

I could very well be wrong, but this seems less about repairing roads and bridges than reimbursing states for their expenses (ie: no actual work is waiting for this money... it will simply assist needing to plug budgetary holes).

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (9/2/2014, 12:05 PM)

The Feds should not be subsidizing repairs to a road that never should have been built due to known hazards. The location regularly has mudslides. That's the darn NAME! "Devil's Slide" - because of all the mudslides. California didn't build the road to withstand this very well known problem. California has likely collected Federal reimbursement money a dozen times for this section of road. Every time one of these lists comes out, it's on there. It just bugs me. They made the bad decision, and keep getting subsidized for it.

Comment from John Fauth, (9/3/2014, 8:52 AM)

Tom, it’s not much different than home owners who build (and continually rebuild) in coastal areas that are damaged by the frequent major storms in those areas. Often rebuilt, I might add, at the public’s expense (in whole or in part). I don’t mind people gambling at the casino or in real estate, but if they’re going to gamble with my money I want to choose the acceptable level of risk.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (9/4/2014, 8:38 AM)

John, I’m perfectly fine making (subsidized) coastal flood insurance contingent on not rebuilding after the first claim of more than (some reasonable percent) of structure value.

Comment from John Fauth, (9/8/2014, 9:51 AM)

Tom, and I’m in complete agreement with that as well. It’s the merry go round of damage/destruction and rebuilding that has to end.

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