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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters Releases More Than $871 Million In Emergency Funds To Repair Damaged Roads
More than $871 million in additional emergency relief funds is now available to pay for repairs to roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural emergencies, announced U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters today.
"These funds help communities recover when natural disasters strike our transportation network," Secretary Peters said.
The funds will go to 23 states and certain federal facilities, like parkways, to pay for damages caused by hurricanes, heavy rains and flooding, earthquakes, winter storms and other natural events. $675 million - more than two-thirds of the $871 million - was released yesterday to the states, with the rest awaiting formalized requests which are expected soon.
The Federal Highway Administration, a part of the U.S. DOT, will reimburse states for expenses associated with 33 emergency situations. The funds will be used to reimburse states for fixing or replacing damaged highways and bridges, establishing detours, removing debris and replacing signs, lighting and guardrails.
"Transportation links are vital to local economies and for providing a sense of normalcy to people's daily lives," said FHWA Administrator J. Richard Capka.
The emergency relief funds are part of an emergency appropriations package signed into law by President Bush, to supplement FHWA's emergency relief program. The program is used to reimburse states for certain costs resulting from natural disasters or other emergencies.
A portion of the funding is also available to cover Gulf Coast hurricane repairs, and is in addition to the $2.75 billion provided for Gulf Coast recovery efforts in the 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
Editor's note: A table listing the date, location and amount of each emergency relief incident follows. A description of each incident is available by calling the FHWA Office of Public Affairs at 202-366-0660.
Emergency Relief Program Funds - Summary By State