By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing $25 million in emergency funding to help address infrastructure repairs in Florida. The money is in response to Hurricane Irma, which closed or restricted dozens of major Florida roadways due to flooding, downed power lines, debris and other problems as it ripped through the state Sept. 10.
“The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is already responding in full-force to quickly repair Florida’s roads and transportation infrastructure damaged in the storm and this critical funding will enhance our efforts to ensure the safety of families as they travel through our state,” Gov. Rick Scott said in an a release.
FDOT has allowed regular road and bridge projects to resume construction after being ordered shut down before the storm.
In August, the Federal Highway Administration provided a similar amount of emergency funding to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which caused widespread flooding in the southeast portion of the state.