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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 14, 2002
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Telephone: 202-366-0660
FHWA 4-02

DOT Announces $104.8 Million in Emergency Relief To Repair Infrastructure Damaged by Disasters

The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that $104.8 million in emergency relief funds will be provided to 17 states, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico to repair federal-aid roads that have been damaged as a result of flooding, storms and other natural disasters.

"Helping states after an emergency is an important responsibility of the federal government," U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said. "By restoring damaged roadways, we can help local communities to fully recover from natural disasters, and that’s why we’re doing what we can to help these states and territories complete the restoration process."

The $104.8 million in emergency relief funds, which are administered by the department’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), were provided in response to requests from states and other jurisdictions for help to repair federal-aid roads and bridges. FHWA division administrators in each state work closely with state and local officials to assess damage and review funding requests. FHWA money is awarded after the President or the Governor issues a formal emergency proclamation and the state files a preliminary damage assessment for federal aid highways and bridges.

The funds reimburse the state for the damage-repair work that is already completed and provide funding for the remaining damage-repair work to correct major or unusual damage to federal-aid highways. Eligible repair work includes reconstructing damaged bridges and pavement surfaces, establishing detours, removing slides and debris, and replacing signs, lighting and guardrails. In Houston on March 4, U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Michael P. Jackson announced the funding amounts for Texas out of this $104.8 million.

The $104.8 million will be allocated as follows:

StateEventAmount 
AlabamaJan. 5, 2002, I-65 Bridge Failure $1,804,000  
American SamoaOctober 2001 Rock Fall on Route 1$1,928,000  
ArizonaOctober 2000 Flood$1,608,000  
ArkansasDecember 2000 Ice Storm$21,050,000  
GuamOct. 13, 2001 Earthquake$1,015,000  
MinnesotaApril 2001 Flood$1,024,000  
MissouriSept. 30, 2001 Route MM Bridge over I-44 Failure$3,735,000  
New JerseyJune 22, 2001, I-80 Truck Fire$3,954,000  
New YorkDecember 2000 Flood$466,000  
North DakotaSpring 2001 Basin Flood$35,000  
North DakotaSpring 2001 Devils Lake$16,551,000  
North DakotaApril 1999 Devils Lake$467,000  
North DakotaJune 2000 Flood$1,765,000  
 North Dakota Total $18,818,000
OhioMay 2001, I-77 Failure$3,849,000  
OklahomaDecember/January 2001 Ice Storm$2,134,000  
OregonOctober 2000 Heavy Rains$601,000  
PennsylvaniaJune 2001 Flood$1,718,000  
Puerto RicoNovember 2001 Flood$1,985,000  
South DakotaSpring 2001 Flood$1,083,000  
TexasDecember/January 2001 Ice Storm$3,554,000  
TexasJune 2001 Storm Allison$3,272,000  
TexasSept. 15, 2001 Queen Isabella Bridge Failure$4,511,000  
 Texas Total $11,337,000
VirginiaJuly 2001 Flood$1,033,000  
WashingtonFeb. 28, 2001 Nisqually Earthquake $15,336,000  
West VirginiaMay 16, 2001 Flood$887,000  
West VirginiaJuly 7, 2001 Flood$8,000,000  
West VirginiaJuly 26, 2001 Flood$1,458,000  
 West Virginia Total $10,345,000
Total $104,823,000  

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