The U.S. Government has announced the allocation of $679 million to 28 states and Puerto Rico to pay for damages to roads and bridges caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes, and other disasters.
More than $120 million will go to Texas, including $70 million for repairs in Galveston due to damage from Hurricane Ike. The funds will be used to reimburse states as they fix and replace damaged highways and bridges, establish detours, remove debris and replace signs, lighting and guardrails.
“When natural disasters strike, restoring transportation is the first stop on the road to recovery,” said Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters. “Communities like Galveston should be able to look to the federal government as a gateway to assistance, not a roadblock of red tape. Our goal is to get communities moving again.”