U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Jan. 9 said nearly $1.6 billion will be available to states and territories to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters.
Funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program was provided by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012. FHWA will provide $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.
Vermont, 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.
On March 18, Weddle’s trailer crossed over the centerline of the highway, ...