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Friday, February 23, 2007
Contact: Doug Hecox
(202) 366-0660
FHWA 02-07

Secretary Peters Announces Nearly $113 Million in Emergency Relief To Repair Storm-Damaged Highways in 10 States

Ten states will receive more than $112.7 million in federal emergency relief grants to cover costs of repairs to highways damaged by rain or flooding in one of the wettest winters on record, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters said today.

"Getting highways back in shape after storms is crucial to a healthy transportation system," said Peters. "These funds will help millions of motorists travel safely."

Through its Emergency Relief program, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration reimburses states for expenses associated with emergency situations. The projects paid for by the funds include rebuilding or replacing damaged bridges, highways, lighting, guardrails and signs, creating detours and debris removal.

The states receiving emergency relief funds include Alaska, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Washington.


Editor's note: A chart listing the date, location and amount of each emergency relief incident is attached. 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

AlaskaAugust 18-24, 2006 - Storms$  1,459,228
California2005/2006 - Winter Storms48,178,458
ColoradoJuly 2006 - Flood damage to SH677,564,018
MinnesotaMarch/May 2006 - Flooding593,910
NevadaDec. 2005/Jan. 2006 - Flooding645,901
New HampshireMay 2006 - Rainfall and Flooding1,166,256
New YorkJune 2006 - Flooding7,647,467
OhioNovember 2006 - Flooding3,492,938
OregonNovember 2006 - Flooding30,834,213
WashingtonNovember 2006 - Flooding11,043,892

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