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Federal Highway Administration Urges Americans to Stay Focused and Drive Carefully While Traveling Through Highway Work Zones

FHWA 09-20
Contact: Neil Gaffney

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this week is joining transportation leaders around the country in reminding drivers that safety must always be top of mind when traveling through work zones.

This year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week serves as an important reminder that, despite a global public health emergency, construction is moving forward on America’s roads. Drivers should...

Federal Highway Administration Issues Notice Allowing for States to Permit the use of Food Trucks in Rest Areas to Serve Commercial Truck Drivers

FHWA 08-20
Contact: Mike Reynard
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today issued a notice to State Departments of Transportation that the agency is suspending enforcement measures under the Federal-aid Highway Program for States that choose to permit commercial food trucks to operate and sell food, in accordance with state laws, in designated federally funded Interstate Highway rest areas.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $5 Million for Flood-Damaged Roads and Bridges in Alabama

FHWA 07-20
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the availability of $5 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help repair roads and bridges damaged by floods in Alabama.

“This $5 million in emergency relief funding will help communities in Alabama rebuild critical highways that residents rely upon for daily travel,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao....

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $2 Million for Flood-Damaged Roads and Bridges in Kentucky

FHWA 06-20
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the availability of $2 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help repair roads and bridges damaged by floods in Kentucky.

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

Starting February 3, heavy rain tracked across...

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $653.2 Million in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

FHWA 05-20
Contact: Mike Reynard
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will award $653.2 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 37 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, mudslides and other unexpected events.

“This $653...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $1 Million for Flood-Damaged Roads and Bridges in Oregon

FHWA 04-20

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao late yesterday announced the availability of $1 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help repair roads and bridges damaged by flooding throughout north central Oregon. The area, spanning Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties, is relatively rural, and has limited resources to respond to such a major disaster.

On February 6, heavy rains and snowmelt caused the Umatilla River to flood, causing...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $4.3 Million for Flood-Damaged Roads and Bridges in North Dakota

FHWA 03-20
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the availability of $4.3 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help repair roads and bridges damaged by flooding in North Dakota.

Late last year, North Dakota experienced a series of floods due to heavy rains in late summer and fall, as well as a historic October blizzard. The heavy precipitation resulted in flooding,...

FHWA Awards $8 Million to 10 States for Innovative Highway Projects

FHWA 02-20
Contact: Neil Gaffney
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced more than $8 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program grants to state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local governments in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and North Dakota. The grants will help deliver bridge projects sooner, improve traffic...

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $5 Million for Emergency Repairs to Earthquake-Damaged Roads in Puerto Rico

FHWA 01-20
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the availability of $5 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help repair roads and bridges damaged by recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

 “These emergency federal funds will help repair roads and bridges, and restore essential travel for residents on the island,” said U.S. Transportation...

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $500,000 for Emergency Repairs to Flood-Damaged Roads and Bridges in Vermont

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the immediate availability of $500,000 in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help repair roads damaged by storm events in Vermont that affected several counties. The funds were approved after being requested by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).

“These emergency funds will help pay for essential repairs to roads and bridges in Vermont damaged by...