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DOT 167-09Contact: Nancy Singer
Tuesday, October 20, 2009Phone: 202-366-0660

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $1 Million for Washington to Repair SR-410 Damaged by Landslide

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation is making $1 million in quick release emergency relief funds available immediately to Washington for urgent road repairs due to a massive landslide, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today. The funds will help repair State Route 410, which was heavily damaged by the Nile Valley landside.

"We are working with Washington to restore this key transportation link and to help people get moving again," Secretary LaHood said.

The $1 million will help Washington repair and reconstruct the highway and limit the extent of the landslide damage. Washington can also begin the preliminary design and engineering work necessary to rebuild the portion of SR 410 damaged by the mammoth landslide that uplifted and pushed a quarter-mile section of the highway into the Naches River. The damage resulted in the closure of a 47-mile section of SR 410 from Mount Rainier National Park.

Secretary LaHood said the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will continue to work with Washington State Department of Transportation to assess the damage.

FHWA's emergency relief program provides funds to states for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

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