The U.S. Department of Transportation has made $1 million in emergency relief funds available immediately to the Mississippi Department of Transportation to help repair roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Isaac. “Emergency relief funds will help the state make critical repairs to roads and bridges,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Hurricane Isaac impacted 48 counties in southern Mississippi. Winds, rain and flooding resulted in damage to highways and bridges, requiring an extensive cleanup effort to remove debris; in addition, the storm destroyed traffic signals and signs. Quick release emergency funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration will go towards debris removal, repairing traffic signs and signals, restoring pavements and stabilizing landslide areas.
FHWA’s emergency relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events. “We’re working in partnership with Mississippi to move the state closer to complete recovery,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. “The emergency relief funds we’re providing today signal our commitment to help restore transportation in the state.”