The United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently released $12 million in quick release emergency relief funds to deal with damage in New Jersey and Connecticut as a result of Hurricane Sandy. $10 million is allocated for New Jersey, while $2 million is designated for use in Connecticut.
Before this most recent release of funds, the DOT had already approved &17 million in quick release emergency relief funds, which was distributed as follows:
- $10 million for New York
- $4 million for North Carolina
- $3 million for Rhode Island
These funds are used to repair roads, bridges and tunnels that are immediately necessary to restore transportation to normal (or close to normal). Restoring critical infrastructure is essential to enabling first responders and relief workers to access affected communities and to quickly restoring services to impacted residets.
“President Obama made it clear that we need to do all we can to help communities get their transportation systems up and running and we are doing that,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These emergency relief funds represent only the start of our commitment to the region’s recovery.”
Meanwhile, damage assessment throughout the rest of the Northeast is ongoing.
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