Wisconsin Receives $4.15 Million for Emergency Road Repairs
U.S. Department of Transporation provides emergency relief funds
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that the immediate availability of $4.15 million in Emergency Relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help repair roads and bridges damaged by heavy rains and subsequent flash flooding in northern Wisconsin.
Last Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in the northern part of the state. Many roads are still washed out or are in need of permanent repairs.
In addition, FHWA’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program will provide immediate assistance to address damage to roads of tribal transportation facilities and other federally owned roads. The Bureau of Indian Affairs will be awarded $500,000 to repair roads and bridges on the Bad River Reservation of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin.
The Forest Service will be allocating $900,000 for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin and an additional $100,000 for the adjacent Ottawa National Forest in Michigan to address road damage in the national forests.
This initial “quick release” payment is considered a first installment on costs of making short-term repairs now which can make long-term repair work possible in the weeks ahead.