Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief

Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief

Transportation systems and infrastructure are essential for any jurisdiction. When disaster strikes, the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Programs (ER Programs) repair and restore public transportation systems and bridges. In addition to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) can also make emergency relief available to disaster areas.

The Secretary of Transportation authorizes the ER Program funds; they are not linked to the President issuing a disaster declaration and are not linked to FEMA. The ER Program funds may be used for emergency work, including debris removal if roads are not damaged, as well as permanent work. The ER Program supplements the resources provided by the states, counties, and cities to help pay for expensive and aberrational costs as the result of

natural disasters over a wide area or by catastrophic failures from an external cause. Examples of natural disasters include floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, tidal waves, severe storms, or landslides. A bridge suddenly collapsing after being struck by a barge is an example of a catastrophic failure.¹

Hagerty routinely helps clients apply for and receive FHWA and FTA emergency funds. By law, once a disaster or catastrophic failure is deemed to qualify for ER funding, the FHWA may provide up to $100 million in emergency funds for each individual state. If a disaster affects several states, such as in the case of a hurricane, each state affected by the disaster may be provided $100 million. If the costs of the disaster exceed the $100 million cap per state, Congress has the option to pass special legislation and lift the cap to authorize more funding.

Hagerty professionals include engineers, architects, construction experts specializing in roadways, bridges, tunnels, and rails. We will help you determine what new transportation or infrastructure project your jurisdiction needs to move expeditiously from concept to reality, and for the finished project to be better than the one it replaces.

 

 

¹http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/specialfunding/er/guide.pdf

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