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Federal funding OK’d for road repairs

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that the Federal Highway Administration approved a $25 million Emergency Relief Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system.

This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency repairs on roads, embankments, bridges or other infrastructure and help restore traffic on major roadways to ensure Florida residents and visitors can travel safely, according to a press release.

“I want to thank President Trump, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the entire Administration for their commitment to helping Floridians impacted by Irma,” Scott said in a statement.

“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 continuing to work with federal, state and local partners to fully assess storm damages across Florida’s transportation infrastructure.

The Federal Highway Administration is prepared to review and approve detailed damage inspection reports so that FDOT and local transportation agencies can begin repairs immediately.

The Emergency Relief program provides grants for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result of disasters such as hurricanes.

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