By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

More than $768 million is on its way to 40 states for emergency repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms and other catastrophic events.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao approved the release of funds through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief program. It is one of the largest single awards for such repair work made by the federal government, Chao’s office said.

“These funds will help with long-term, permanent repairs, as well as, immediate needs to reestablish the transportation networks on which families and businesses alike depend,” Chao said in a blog post earlier this month.

At $124 million, Colorado topped the list of states being reimbursed from this release for widespread repairs in the state dating back to 2013. California is second at more than $105 million; South Carolina follows at more than $79 million; and Ohio received $61 million.