$729.4 million will be used to support repair needs following natural disasters, extreme weather, or catastrophic events, such as hurricanes, flooding and mudslides.
February 5, 2024 | Staff Editor
As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s coordinated approach to help states repair and rebuild roads and bridges, the Federal Highway Administration today announced it is providing $729.4 million to 34 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The funds will be used to support repair needs following natural disasters, extreme weather, or catastrophic events, such as hurricanes, flooding and mudslides. These events will receive federal reimbursement funding under the FHWA’s Emergency Relief (ER) program as the result of major disaster declarations.
“As the climate crisis accelerates, more Americans are feeling the consequences in the form of extreme weather that devastates communities and destroys vital infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These funds will help restore critical transportation connections across the country as communities continue to repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged by extreme weather.”
FHWA’s Emergency Relief Program supports the Department’s priority of addressing climate change by providing funding to help states perform repairs following major natural disasters and extreme weather events.
“Climate change is devastating communities across the U.S., in every state. Our transportation system was not designed to handle the climate impacts we are seeing in the 21st Century,” said FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt. “Since January 2022, FHWA has distributed over $1.3 billion in Emergency Relief dollars to help states make repairs because of climate-related events. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing new programs and funding opportunities to help our transportation system be more resilient to climate change and get people and goods where they need to go safely.”
The program includes funding for continued repairs from the 2022 flooding in and around Yellowstone Park; 2022 Hurricanes Ian, Fiona, and Nicole; 2023 flooding and mudslides in Vermont; and other disasters across the country. The funding will be used to reconstruct highways and bridges and protect the travelling public from further damages and allow for resiliency improvements as damages are repaired.
The funds are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s holistic approach to building more resilient infrastructure, in order to make our transportation infrastructure better able to withstand damage from catastrophic events caused by climate change. Additional programs to address these challenges include the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula and Discretionary Grant programs, providing a total of $8.7 billion. A listing of FY 2024 Emergency Relief Program allocations with funding information for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico can be found ER – Federal-aid Programs – Federal-aid Programs and Special Funding – Federal Highway Administration (dot.gov) .