The Department of Transportation (USDOT) said recently that $750,000 in emergency relief has been awarded to California to repair roads that have been damaged by recent heavy rainstorms.
The DOT said the rains slammed Northern California for approximately two weeks in March, leading to rock slides and falls that damaged roads in three national forests and within a district of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
“These emergency-relief funds will make immediate repairs possible throughout the area,” Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau said. “We want to ensure that everyone in northern California has access to safe roads and safe bridges, and especially on these important federal-land roads, so travel can return to normal as soon as possible.”
Repair costs are currently estimated at $2 million for all damaged roads, but the DOT said this number could easily rise and that other payments would be possible if needed after the $750,000 relief infusion.“We are committed to doing everything we can to help repair and reopen these federal routes quickly and safely to ensure the people and businesses of California do not suffer economically,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.