Funds given to help repair Kentucky highways after flooding


KENTUCKY (WEHT)- U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Tuesday $2 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds will be available to help repair roads and bridges damaged by floods in Kentucky.

“These emergency funds will help communities in Kentucky repair vital transportation routes,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao says.

Back in February, heavy rain tracked across Kentucky, causing flash flooding and landslides.  A state of emergency was filed by the governor also.

The money will help Kentucky address the 160 damaged highways that are funded through federal aid.

Many of the damaged sites are in the state’s mountainous eastern and southeastern areas.

“These emergency funds will go toward necessary repairs and make it possible again for Kentuckians to travel safely on the highways,” Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason explains.

The funds will reimburse Kentucky for costs associated with emergency repairs needed to prevent further damage. They are considered a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs while state officials continue damage assessments for long-term repairs.

FHWA’s ER program provides funding for federally eligible highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

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(This story was originally published on March 10, 2020)

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