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U.S. DOT announces $9 million emergency funding for Iowa road repair

Posted at 5:14 PM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 18:14:43-04

WASHINGTON (KMTV) — Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced $9 million in Emergency Relief “Quick Release” funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the state of Iowa to help repair road damages caused by flooding in Iowa.

“This money will help with the emergency repairs and getting roads reopened in Southwest Iowa,” Iowa Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said in a news release. “However, this is just the tip of the iceberg in helping with the total emergency road needs in Iowa."

Requests for emergency relief funding for transportation repairs have reached approximately $90 million.

The “Quick Release” funds are intended as a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs while further damage assessment for long-term repairs take place.

The Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program provides funding for federally eligible highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $25 million in emergency relief funding for Nebraska to repair roads from the flooding in March.