Sunday, December 21, 2014

Federal Department of Transportation provides millions to flood ravaged areas

(WKTV)- U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the allocation of $5 million in aid from the Federal Highway Administration’s ‘Quick Release Emergency Relief Program for flood ravaged regions in upstate New York.

“I am pleased the federal Dept. of Transportation is responding with swift emergency relief for Upstate communities who bore the brunt of the heavy rainfall and severe flooding last month,” said Schumer.

The aid will help rebuild roads, bridges and highways. The U.S. DOT will work with the state to determine which federal-aid eligible roads will have access to funding.

“These heavy storms and floods swept away roads and bridges all the way from the Adirondacks to the Mohawk Valley to the Southern Tier,” said Senator Gillibrand, who toured flooded communities in the wake of the storms.

The relief funding is expected to aid repairs to federal-aid eligible roads in the impacted counties such as Route 51, Route 168, Route, 5, Route 80, and highway and pedestrian bridges over Otsquago Creek.