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Friday, November 15, 2002
Contact: Bill Outlaw
Tel: 202-366-0660
FHWA 45-02

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $98.9 Million in Emergency Relief To Repair Infrastructure Damaged by Disasters

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today announced that $98.9 million in emergency relief funds will be provided to 23 states, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and Guam to repair federal-aid roads that have been damaged as a result of flooding, storms and other natural disasters. Also included are relief funds for several disasters that damaged roads on federal lands around the country.

"Helping states after an emergency is an important responsibility of the federal government," Secretary 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 $98.9 million in emergency relief funds, which are administered by the department=s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), was 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 its highways and bridges on the federal-aid system. The funds reimburse the state for the damage repair work that is already completed and provides 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.

The $98.9 million in fiscal year 2003 emergency relief allocations will be distributed as follows:

Fiscal Year 2003 Federal Highway Administration Emergency Funding

State: Alaska
Event: Nov. 3, 2002 Earthquake
Amount: 2,000,000
State Total: 2,000,000

State: Alabama
Event: Jan. 5, 02, I-65 Bridge Failure
Amount: 1,003,000
State Total: 1,003,000

State: American Samoa
Event: October 2001 Rockfall on Route 1
Amount: 685,000
State Total: 685,000

State: Arizona
Event: October 2000 Flood
Amount: 572,000
State Total: 572,000

State: Arkansas
Event: December 2000 Icestorm
Amount: 7,481,000
State Total: 7,481,000

State: Colorado
Event: August 2000 Flood
Amount: 1,357,000
State Total: 1,357,000

State: Guam
Event: Oct. 13, 2001 Earthquake
Amount: 360,000
Event: July 2002, Typhoon Chattan
Amount: 5,203,000 ,
State Total: 5,563,000

State: Idaho
Event: April 2002 Flood
Amount: 393,000
State Total: 393,000

State: Michigan
Event: April 2002 Flood
Amount: 1,414,000
State Total: 1,414,000

State: Minnesota
Event: April 2001 Flood
Amount: 364,000
State Total: 364,000

State: Missouri
Event: April 2002 Flood
Amount: 1,609,000
Event: September 2001 Rt MM Bridge Failure over I-44
Amount: 1,327,000 ,
State Total: 2,936,000

State: Montana
Event: June 2002 Flood
Amount: 882,000
State Total: 882,000

State: Nebraska
Event: July 2002 Flood
Amount; 1,877,000
State Total: 1,877,000

State: New Jersey
Event: June 22, 2001, I-80 Truck Fire
Amount: 1,406,000
Event: August 2000 Flood
Amount: 4,871,000 ,
State Total: 6,277,000

State: New York
Event: December 2000 Flood
Amount: 166,000
State Total: 166,000

State: North Dakota
Event: Spring 2001 Basin Flood
Amount: 13,000
Event: Spring 2001 Devils Lake
Amount: 5,882,000
Event: April 1999 Devils Lake
Amount: 166,000 ,
Event: June 2000 Flood
Amount: 627,000 ,
State Total: 6,688,000

State: Ohio
Event: May 2001 I-77 Failure
Amount: 1,368,000
State Total: 1,368,000

State: Oklahoma
Event: May 26, 2002, I-40 Bridge Failure
Amount: 11,860,000
Event: December-January 2001 Icestorm
Amount: 4,651,000 ,
State Total: 16,511,000

State: Oregon
Event: October 2000 Heavy Rains
Amount: 214,000
State Total: 214,000

State: Pennsylvania
Event: June 2001 Flood
Amount: 610,000
State Total: 610,000

State: Puerto Rico
Event: November 2001 Flood
Amount: 705,000
State Total: 705,000

State: South Dakota
Event: Spring 2001 Flood
Amout: 384,000
State Total: 384,000

State: Texas
Event: July 2002 Flood
Amount: 7,332,000
Event: December-January 2001 Icestorm
Amount: 1,263,000 ,
Event: June 2001 Storm Allison
Amount: 1,163,000 ,
Event: September 2001 Queen Isabella Bridge Failure
Amount: 4,445,000
State Total: 14,203,000

State: Virginia
Event: July 2001 Flood
Amount: 367,000
State Total: 367,000

State: Washington
Event: February 2001 Nisqually Earthquake
Amount: 5,450,000
Event: November-December 2001 Flood
Amount: 990,000 ,
Event: January 2002 Storm
Amount: 751,000 ,
State Total: 7,191,000

State: West Virginia
Event: July 2001 Flood
Amount: 1,264,000
Event: May 2002 Flood
Amount: 4,395,000
State Total: 5,659,000

State: FLH Manag. Agencies Various events
Amount: 12,050,000
State Total: 12,050,000

Total: 98,920,000

* An initial allocation of $2 million is provided for the evolving event as the extent and severity of the damage is still being assessed.


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