By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor ARTBA

As government agencies, businesses and more than a dozen ARTBA member companies continue to assess the damage from Hurricane Harvey’s record-smashing flood in Houston, the U.S. Department of Transportation has released $25 million in emergency funding to help address infrastructure repairs.

The funding, through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program, is available immediately to “help Texas with repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges,” the agency said in an Aug. 29 statement. The money will be directed toward starting the most critical repairs, though it’s clear that millions more will be needed to restore the city’s transportation network.

An Aug. 30 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Highway Conditions report said over 500 roadways in southeast Texas were flooded. Travel was discouraged in the affected area due to rapidly changing water levels and unsafe driving conditions as the storm lingered along the Texas-Louisiana border.

ARTBA sends its support to our members in the Houston area, including HCSS; Webber, LLC; Stantec; TranSystems Corporation; Sterling Construction Company; NACR, Inc. (South); Kleinfelder, Inc.; KCI Technologies, Inc.; J.D. Abrams, LP; Integrated Traffic Systems USA, Inc.; Fugro Consultants, Inc.; EY; CEMEX USA; AMEC and Menard Group USA. We hope all employees are safe.