DOTD request for quick release of emergency relief funds to assist with Hurricane Laura damage approved
Friday, September 04, 2020 at 8:00:04 AM
Baton Rouge- The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that it has been awarded a $5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to assist with rebuilding state roadways and bridges that were damaged during Hurricane Laura. This represents a portion of what the state estimates the cost of repairs to damaged infrastructure to be.

“Southwest and central Louisiana has seen tremendous damage from Hurricane Laura,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph. D. “Thousands of miles of state roadways were impacted by this disastrous storm and these funds will assist in expediting the reconstruction of any roads and bridges that were damaged. I want to thank Secretary Chao and FHWA Administrator Nason for the swift response to our request.”

These funds were made available through FHWA’s Emergency Relief program, which reimburses states on reconstruction expenses incurred through natural disasters or emergency related situations. This is being administered following the major disaster declaration authorized by President Trump for the state of Louisiana.