Congressman Graves Announces $23.5 Million in Emergency Relief Funds for Infrastructure Repair
Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Garret Graves announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a grant in the amount of $23.5 million to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to help Louisiana communities repair highways and roads that have suffered serious damage from the 2016 flood.
“This tranche of money will allow our state to repair and rebuild portions of roads, bridges and other infrastructure assets that were damaged by the 2016 flood," said Graves. "As we put these resources to work, it's critical to do so in a way that makes our communities stronger and less vulnerable to future rain, storm or other disaster events."
Emergency Relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration are granted to repair federal highways and roads after states of emergency caused by natural disasters. 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. This grant will fund repair work that includes stabilizing and repairing impacted roadway embankments, rebuilding damaged roadways, and the repair and replacement of damaged structures like bridges.