FHWA sends $40 million to Puerto Rico for road and bridge repairs

Me Photo
Updated Oct 5, 2017
Puerto Rico National Guard Citizen – Soldiers provide water to the San Jose community September 24 following Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Alexis Velez)Puerto Rico National Guard Citizen – Soldiers provide water to the San Jose community September 24 following Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Alexis Velez)

The Federal Highway Administration will send $40 million in “quick release” emergency relief funds throughout Puerto Rico to help restore roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Maria.

“It is critical to get the island’s infrastructure in working condition as soon as possible so relief supplies and other assistance can be delivered to the people of Puerto Rico,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Hurricane Maria caused widespread damage to roads and bridges across the island. In addition to restoring essential traffic, emergency work will include repairs to bridges, guardrails, traffic signal systems and address a variety of damages related to mudslides and flooding.

The $40 million “quick release” payment is an initial installment of funds used to restore essential traffic and limit further highway damage, according to FHWA.