NEW YORK—New York State will receive $250 million in federal funding to fix roads that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy, according to federal officials on Friday.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement in Lower Manhattan, saying: “with this funding, we are delivering on our promise to help New York and the rest of the East Coast rebuild and recover from Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters.”
“We will work with the states to ‘fix it first’ by focusing on infrastructure projects that will create jobs and help businesses fastest,” he said in a press release.
LaHood said the funds were part of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 that was signed a month ago by President Barack Obama. The money will be used for reconstructing and replacing damaged bridges and highways, removing debris left by the storm, creating detours, and building new lighting, guardrails, and other infrastructure devices.
“We want to be sure that states have all the financial backing they need from the federal government to repair roads and bridges, rebuild local economies, and restore daily life in affected communities,” Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez said.
With regards to New York City, some of that cash will be used to cover the work done repairing the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel after 100 million gallons of water flooded it, NY1 reported.
“Local governments laid out tens of millions of dollars to fix roads and get traffic moving again, and these quick reimbursements means that taxpayers won’t be left out to dry,” said New York Senator Chuck Schumer in a statement. “[The Department of Transportation] is getting the money out the door quicker than it ever has before, and governments, tax payers, drivers and pedestrians will see the benefit.”
Both Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said a number of roadways on Long Island that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy will be funded by the Department of Transportation. They noted that in the past, such reimbursements took years to go through.
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