- Briefing Room
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
MAP-21 - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century
|Authorization||$ 100 M||$ 100 M|
The Emergency Relief program provides funds for emergency repairs and permanent repairs on Federal-aid highways and roads on Federal lands that the Secretary finds have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters or catastrophic failure from an external cause.
Statutory citation(s): MAP-21 §§1107 and 1508; 23 USC 120(e) and 125; SAFETEA-LU §1112
Funded by a permanent authorization of $100 million per year in contract authority from the Highway Account of the Transportation Trust Fund. Funds are available until expended, and exempt from the Federal-aid highway obligation limitation. [23 USC 125]
In addition to the permanent authorization, SAFETEA-LU authorized from the General Fund of the Treasury such sums as may be necessary to supplement the permanent authorization in years when Emergency Relief allocations exceed $100 million. Appropriation legislation would be necessary to make the additional funds available. [SAFETEA-LU §1112]
Funds are allocated to the States based on an assessment of repair costs following a disaster.
Up to 5% of ER funds may be used by the Secretary for projects to protect public safety or maintain or protect roadways included within the scope of an emergency declaration.
Federal share: In accordance with 23 USC 120, including sliding scale adjustment for States with high percentages of Federally-owned public lands.
ER eligibilities are continued, with some changes:
Changes to the ER program include the following: