Oregon Dot awarded $2.6 million in emergency relief grants


The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2.6 million emergency relief grants to rebuild and repair roads affected by natural disasters, severe weather, and flooding.

The grant was awarded two weeks after Peter DeFazio (D-OR) wrote a letter urging DOT Secretary Elaine for funding and to reduce the backlog under the Federal-aid Highway Emergency Relief (ER) program.

“Two weeks ago, I urged the Secretary of Transportation to immediately sign critical Emergency Relief grants that have been inexplicably stuck in the DOT bureaucracy for months. These non-controversial grants will help States and Federal land management agencies rebuild roads impacted by severe storms, flooding, and wildfires. I am happy to announce that these grants have finally been signed, and that over $2.6 million will flow to fix roads in Oregon destroyed by past natural disasters. Despite this release of funding, there is still a massive backlog in Federal-aid highway repair and recovery needs from past disasters, and I will continue to push Congress and the Administration to address it,” said DeFazio.

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will receive $750,000. Federal land management agencies will receive $1.87 million to repair and rebuild Oregon roads impacted by previous natural distastes.

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