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U.S. Department of Transportation announces emergency relief funds for Colorado

DENVER — Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation is immediately making available $5 million in emergency relief funds to help Colorado cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by the ongoing floods.


“Disasters like this make it very clear how important transportation is in everyday life,” Foxx said. “These federal funds represent a down payment on our commitment to the people of Colorado.”


“Colorado roadways in the flooded areas have suffered extensive damage,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “We very much appreciate the U.S. Department of Transportation’s support and quick response.”


Funds from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Emergency Relief Program will reimburse the Colorado Department of Transportation for emergency work done in the immediate aftermath of the flooding. FHWA will provide additional funds in the future as permanent repairs are identified and cost estimates are completed. FHWA’s emergency relief program provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.