April 18, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $5M to Repair Storm-Damaged Highways

Highways in Logan, Mercer, Raleigh, Summers, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming Counties will benefit

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that the West Virginia Department of Transportation will receive $5 million in funding from the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief (ER) Program to repair several storm-damaged highways.    

The funding will be used to repair highways damaged in major storms in March and June of 2010. Repair work can include emergency fixes needed to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage and protect the remaining facilities. Work can  also consist of permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its pre-disaster condition.  Highways in Logan, Mercer, Raleigh, Summers, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties will undergo repairs.

“The safety and reliability of our infrastructure in West Virginia is critical to our residents, because decent roads help ensure that we can attract businesses and drive economic development,” Senator Manchin said. “I am pleased that our Department of Transportation will have necessary funding to make repairs to local roadways in Southern West Virginia.” 

“This grant funding is essential in making sure that our roads are safe for both our drivers and our emergency medical vehicles – and I am glad the Department of Transportation has made these funds available for needed infrastructure repairs and upgrades,” Rockefeller said. “By securing money for more projects and improvements, our small towns can continue to grow and flourish.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Relief Program awards funds to repair or reconstruct federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result of a natural disaster or catastrophic failure from an external cause.