Dept. of Transportation Announces Close to $1.6 Billion in Funding for Repairs to Damaged Roads and Bridges

Supplemental Funding from Congress Makes Reimbursement Possible

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–January 9, 2012. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced nearly $1.6 billion to states and territories across the nation to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters.

“Communities from coast to coast are still recovering from disasters that have affected the roads they use, their homes and businesses,” said Secretary LaHood. “The Obama Administration stands ready to provide emergency relief and reimburse these communities for the work that has been done to restore their critical transportation needs.”

Funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Emergency Relief Program was provided by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012.  FHWA will provide a total of $1.58 billion to 30 states, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and federal land management agencies to reimburse them for repairs to roads and bridges caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes and other natural and catastrophic disasters.

“States and communities can rely on the federal government during these critical times,” said FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez.  “When disaster strikes, the Department will do all it can to provide help to the affected areas.”

Vermont, hard hit by Hurricane Irene, will receive $125.6 million; North Dakota will receive $89.1 million for the Devils Lake Basin for damage caused by Spring 2011 runoff; and Iowa will receive $37.5 million to repair damage caused by the May 2011 Missouri River flooding.  A complete list of states and funding amounts is listed below.

This money will reimburse states for fixing or replacing highways, bridges and other roadway structures. Costs associated with detours, debris removal and other immediate measures necessary to restore traffic flow in impacted areas are also eligible for reimbursement.

2012 Allocations

     

State

Event

Proposed
Allocation

Grants to States and Territories

Alabama

April 27, 2011 Severe Storms and Tornadoes

     16,603,990

American Samoa

September 29, 2009 Tsunami

     10,770,156

Arkansas

April 2011 Severe Storms and Flooding

       9,182,355

California

Devil’s Slide

   182,027,295

December 2004 Storm

44,566,681

December 2005 Storm

99,825,155

Connecticut

August 27, 2011 Hurricane Irene

     11,553,691

October 29, 2011 Storm Alfred

     40,000,000

Illinois

April 19, 2011 Heavy Rains and Flooding

      2,961,793

July 27, 2011 High Winds and Rainfall

       4,756,819

Indiana

April 2011 Severe Storms and Flooding

       2,824,441

Iowa

May 2011 Missouri River Flooding

     37,479,818

Kentucky

April 2011 Storms and Flooding

       4,577,316

Louisiana

August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina

       8,700,000

Maine

August 28, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene

       2,970,319

Maryland

September 7, 2011 Tropical Storm Lee

       7,661,774

Massachusetts

June 1, 2011 Severe Thunderstorms and Tornado

       4,002,908

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

     40,747,088

Missouri

April – May 2011 Tornado and Flooding

       3,040,708

June 2011 Missouri River Flooding

     15,167,969

Montana

Spring 2011 Flooding

    22,461,618

Nebraska

May 2011 Platt and Missouri River Flooding

4,664,711

New Hampshire

August 30, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene

      1,159,547

New Jersey

August 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee

     64,695,620

August 2011 Flooding

     24,490,436

New York

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

     67,313,472

September 7, 2011 Tropical Storm Lee

     22,437,824

North Carolina

August 27, 2011 Hurricane Irene

     23,017,271

North Dakota

Spring 2011 Runoff, Devils Lake Basin

     89,078,161

Spring 2011 Runoff, Statewide

     88,001,145

Spring 2011 Runoff in the West James River Basin

     50,529,980

 Spring 2011 Flooding in the Sheyenne/James River Basin

       9,477,737

Spring 2011 Flooding in the Southern Mouse River Basin

     39,032,839

Ohio

March 2011 Jefferson County Landslides

     40,926,591

March – May 2011 Severe Rainfall

     89,751,296

Oregon

January 2011 Flooding

     15,257,720

Pennsylvania

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

          704,261

September 7, 2011 Tropical Storm Lee

     39,903,558

Puerto Rico

October 2010 Tropical Storm Otto

       7,366,273

August 21, 2011 Hurricane Irene

    15,090,787

Rhode Island

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

       3,737,461

South Dakota

Spring 2011 Flooding

     19,192,800

Tennessee

April 19 – 26, 2011 Tornado and Flooding

       2,854,634

Utah

March – May 2011 Flooding

     11,626,964

Vermont

Spring 2011 Flooding

       8,975,130

August 27, 2011 Tropical Storm Irene

   125,651,814

Virginia

August 26, 2011 Hurricane Irene

     12,568,288

September 5, 2011 Tropical Storm Lee

       6,536,827

Virgin Islands

October 2010 Tropical Storm Otto

       3,243,556

Washington

February 28, 2001 Nisqually Earthquake

     30,066,684

November 2006 Storm

     12,519,359

December 2007 Storm

       4,486,269

January 2009 Storm

       2,545,797

Grants to States and Territories

1,508,786,706

Allocations to Federal Land Management Agencies

    76,288,601

GRAND TOTAL

1,585,075,307

Source: dot.gov