Emergency Relief Program for Disaster-Damaged Highways and Bridges
Federal aid to disaster-damaged highways and bridges has been available since the 1930s. The U.S. Department of Transportation provides federal assistance for disaster-damaged federal-aid highways through the Emergency Relief (ER) Program administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The program is funded by a permanent annual authorization of $100 million from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) along with general fund appropriations provided by Congress on a “such sums as necessary” basis. Since January 29, 2013, the highway ER program has received nearly $9.9 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations. Public roads on federal lands are eligible for assistance under FHWA’s Emergency Relief on Federally Owned Lands Program.
Disaster-damaged roads that are federal-aid highways are eligible for federal assistance under the Emergency Relief (ER) Program administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Federal-aid highways make up about 25% of all public roads in the United States but exclude roads classified as local roads or rural minor collectors.
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