FHWA sends Fla. $25 million for Irma infrastructure repairs

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved a $25 million Emergency Relief Quick Release Grant to help the state’s roadways and transportation system recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Space Coast Daily reports.

The funds will be used for emergency repairs on impacted roads, embankments, bridges or other infrastructure to help restore safe travel on major roadways in Florida.

“I want to thank President Trump, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the entire Administration for their commitment to helping Floridians impacted by Irma,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement, according to the news agency. “The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is already responding in full force to quickly repair Florida’s roads and transportation infrastructure damaged in the storm, and this critical funding will enhance our efforts to ensure the safety of families as they travel through our state.”

FDOT is working with federal, state and local agencies to assess the storm damage. The FHWA is ready to review and approve damage inspection reports so FDOT and local transportation agencies can begin repairs immediately.