The U.S. Department of Transportation has provided $20 million in emergency funds to help Oregon, Alabama, and South Carolina cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges that have been damaged by intense storms and other natural disasters.
"The Obama Administration is committed to helping communities return to normal after natural disasters – and that includes ensuring that friends and neighbors can get where they need to go safely," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "These recovery funds will help reimburse states that needed to restore damaged roads and bridges in the days and weeks after natural disasters."
The states will be reimbursed for all expenses related to fixing or replacing highways, bridges, and other roadway structures. Costs incurred by introducing detours, removing debris, and other immediate measures taken to restore traffic flow will also be reimbursed.
"Disasters can leave communities immobile as local agencies are left with a huge mess to clean up and a price tag to match," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.
Protect highway and bridge workers from falls, caught betweens, and struck-by hazards by providing safety products and safety equipment such as fall protection, hi-visibility safety vests, and hard hats.