Feds announce $201 million for damaged roads, bridges

| 7/6/2009

States that experienced storms and other catastrophic events in recent years stand will split $201 million in federal grants to repair roads and bridges, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday, July 6.

Winter storms this past January in Kentucky and Washington, for example, led to costly road and bridge repairs. Kentucky will receive $27 million and Washington will receive $24 million as a reimbursement for the repair work.

North Dakota will receive $24.8 million for recent flooding this spring while Mississippi is still catching up from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with a $17 million grant.

“Restoring transportation routes is vital for communities recovering from disaster,” LaHood said in a statement. “It is the first step to getting peoples’ daily lives back on track.”

The grants are being awarded to 15 states along with federal lands agencies, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

Other states receiving funding are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.

– By David Tanner, staff writer