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Emergency Relief Program (ER)

Year 2013 2014
Authorization $ 100 M $ 100 M

Program purpose

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

Funding features

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.

Eligible activities

ER eligibilities are continued, with some changes:

Program features

Changes to the ER program include the following:

Page last modified on September 12, 2013.
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