USDOT Awards Half of $1.4 BILLION For ‘Emergency Relief’ to California and Puerto Rico

Washington D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded nearly $1.4 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In an announcement on Tuesday, the USDOT said it will be providing the ER funds through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) ER Program to “make repairs to roads and bridges damaged from nearly 200 different emergency events, including Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico; storms and flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, California, Alabama and Kentucky; and many others.”


FHWA’s ER Program provides funding reimbursement to states, territories, federal land management agencies and tribal governments for the reconstruction, restoration, and repair of Federal-aid and Federally-owned transportation facilities that have suffered damage from natural disasters or catastrophic failure from external causes.

FHWA said it is also updating its ER Manual for 2022 to focus the program’s impact on improvements to “system resilience and the equity of infrastructure spending.”


An analysis of the projects set to be reimbursed reveals California and Puerto Rico will receive nearly half of all the funding at more than $625 million and $73 million, respectively.

Rounding out the top five is Kentucky at $72.5 million, Oregon at $67.2 million, and Nebraska at $40 million.

The $1.399 billion award will be the largest such grant of ER funds since 2011, the USDOT said.

Click HERE for complete state-by-state allocation.


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