Rep. Barletta announces more than $40 million in Federal Highway Administration funding
HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding more than $40 million to help repair or rebuild federal-aid highways or roads on federal land that were damaged during Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene.
To repair damage incurred during Tropical Storm Lee, the Federal Highway Administration will award $39,903,558 for work on various project sites across eastern and central Pennsylvania. In the 11th District, that includes projects in Columbia and Luzerne counties.
To repair damage incurred during Hurricane Irene, the Federal Highway Administration will award $704,261 for work on various project sites in eastern Pennsylvania. In the 11th District, that includes projects in Luzerne County.
“Historic flooding across the 11th District damaged vital infrastructure, including some of our highways and roads. I’m pleased and proud that the federal government is taking steps to provide disaster relief funding for the people who live in and work in and travel through the 11th District,” Rep. Barletta said. “This funding is vitally needed, and it will help restore some of the roads that were damaged during Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene.”
Title 23, U.S.C., Section 125, authorizes an Emergency Relief (ER) program within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters or catastrophic failures from an external cause. These funds are awarded to a state after the president or the governor issues a formal emergency declaration and the state files a request for ER for the cost of damages to its eligible highways. Eligible repair work includes emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage, or protect the remaining facilities, as well as permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its pre-disaster condition.
During Hurricane Irene in late August and during Tropical Storm Lee in early September, federal-aid highways were damaged due to flooding and debris deposits on the roadway.
Funding is awarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.