WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has approved $768.2 million in emergency funds to help 40 states fix roads and bridges damaged by storms and other natural disasters.
The money will come from the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program, which awards funds for repair work needed after major disasters.
“Transportation is a lifeline for communities struggling to recover from floods, hurricanes or other natural disasters,” Chao said in a statement. “These funds will help with long-term, permanent repairs, as well as immediate needs to reestablish the transportation networks on which families and businesses alike depend.”
Colorado will receive $124 million to help pay for damages along Interstate 70 that date back to 2013, the largest award. California will get $105 million to repair flood-damaged roads and South Carolina will receive $105 million to repair Hurricane Matthew damage.