- Briefing Room
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
District of Columbia Division
The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Emergency Relief, or ER, program can help State and local agencies fund repairs to Federal-aid eligible roads, bridges, and other infrastructure after a natural disaster such as hurricanes.
The repair work within the right-of-way of Federal-aid highways is usually eligible to receive ER funds, if the roadway is included in the Mayor's Declaration or Presidential Declaration.
The decision to seek financial assistance for a disaster event under the FHWA's ER program rests with the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT). The District of Columbia with damage to Federal-aid highways should make their application for ER reimbursement through DDOT. It is DDOT's responsibility to seek ER funding for the repair of Federal-aid highways.
The FHWA Emergency Relief Manual outlines two types of repairs following a disaster: emergency repairs and permanent repairs.
Damage Assessments: DDOT, in cooperation with FHWA District of Columbia Division engineers, undertakes damage surveys and/or detailed site inspections. This may include local DC authorities where appropriate. Typically, this involves on-the-ground visits of the damage sites to verify the extent of damage and to determine the cost of repairs eligible for ER funding. Specific sites not visited by FHWA are subject to review and approval of all required documentation.
Implementation of Projects: ER construction contracts are advanced generally in similar fashion as regular Federal-aid highway projects. DDOT generally takes the lead in seeing that projects are advanced in accordance with appropriate Federal and local requirements. The total amount of ER funding provided is based on the Federal share of actual costs incurred by DDOT to complete eligible repair activities.
The final ER eligibility and reimbursement will be based on the documentation submitted showing cost, justification, and compliance with Federal requirements.
Permanent repair work: Remember, permanent repair work requires prior approval by the FHWA division office.
Jim Hoyle, email@example.com, (202) 493-7024 or (202) 579-0943
Natalie Jones-Best, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 359-2084
Aaron Horton, email@example.com, (202) 359-0961
The Emergency Relief process is explained in a series of four videos:
Note: Each video has a printable “Companion Resource” on its website.
Links to related Code of Federal Regulations and other information