Monday, November 28, 2011

US Release Funds For Rebuilding Transport Infrastructure

LaHood Stumps Up $215 Million After Disaster Strikes
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US - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will provide a total of $215,198,775 from its emergency relief program to 34 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and federal lands agencies to reimburse them for infrastructure repairs to roads and bridges caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes and other natural and catastrophic disasters.

Among states that will receive funding, California will receive $43.4 million for flooding and earthquakes, North Dakota will receive $31.5 million for flooding in the Devil's Lake region and Vermont will receive $15.4 million for flooding and damage from Tropical Storm Irene. The 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. In a statement Mr LaHood said:

“Communities suffering from disasters have been hard at work restoring vital transportation links so that people can resume daily activities as soon as possible. They did their part, and now it’s our turn to give the states the money they were promised to help pay for that work.”

The money comes from the FHWA's dedicated emergency relief program and FHWA Administrator Mendez added:

“States and communities can continue counting on our support in times of need. Everyone pulls together when disaster strikes and we are committed to help as much as we can now and in the future.”

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