WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced the release of highway emergency relief funds for southern and eastern Kentucky through two separate grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funds totaling $2.7 million, will assist seven counties across southern and eastern Kentucky repair damaged roads as a result of severe storm damage beginning in June, earlier this year. The following counties in the 5th Congressional District are eligible for repair funds: Bell, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Perry, Pike and Whitley Counties.
“Our region suffered severe damage this past summer, leaving behind costly damage to our infrastructure,” stated Rogers. "These emergency funds will help restore vital roadways and will go a long way to prevent potential damage from future storms.”
The Emergency Relief (ER) program was authorized within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters or catastrophic failures from an external cause. These funds are awarded to a State after the President or the Governor issues a formal emergency declaration and the State files a request for ER for the cost of damages to its eligible highways. Eligible repair work includes emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage, or protect the remaining facilities as well as permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its pre-disaster condition.
In June and July, Kentucky was subjected to severe storms, flooding, and mudslides resulting in debris and roadway damages to federal-aid highways. Typical damages include debris deposits on many roadways and around bridge piers, shoulder and embankment washouts, and pavement slides.