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By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor ARTBA

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Emergency Relief program will provide $2 million to help stabilize and repair federal roads damaged by heavy rains in Idaho, Oregon and Washington prior to the busy summer tourist season, the U.S. Department of Transportation said June 7. In December 2015, heavy rains saturated federal roads and caused significant damage in six National Forests, three National Parks, and other government lands in the three states.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to help repair and reopen these routes quickly and safely, to support the well-being of the people and the economy in the Northwest U.S.,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. The funds include a “quick release” payment to help road crews begin repairs and restore traffic, including funds to repair future, latent damages. The FHWA’s Emergency Relief program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.