WASHINGTON, DC (WDHN) – In February, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will award $653.2 million in Emergency Relief funds to help 37 states.
This includes Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands as repairs are needed for roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, mudslides, and other unexpected events.
“This $653 million in federal funding will help communities repair their transportation infrastructure damaged by recent natural disasters,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Alabama will receive $3,607,830 of Emergency Relief funds. This will be split into four parts, $350,000 will go to repair for the tornadoes and flooding from April 2014. $2,000,000 will go to repairs from Tropical Storm Alberto, and $707,830 will go to repair the I-59 Bridge that was damaged on May 29, 2019. Finally $550,000 will go to federal land within Alabama for overall repairs.
These funds will reportedly help Alabama to repair damages, keep highways strong, and keep infrastructure up and running.
Since 2017, The FHWA has reimbursed states, territories, federal land management agencies, and tribal governments for eligible expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations. The funds help pay for the reconstruction or replacement of damaged highways and bridges along with the arrangement of detours and replacement of damaged safety devices.