U.S. DOT commits US$215M to repair roads, bridges and reimburse states for travel disruptions, detours caused by natural disasters

GRAIN VALLEY, Missouri , November 29, 2011 () – A deadly tornado season, flooded river valleys and Hurricane Irene all made trucking headlines in 2011. In response to the natural disasters, the U.S. DOT has committed $215 million to repair roads and bridges and reimburse states for travel disruptions and detours.

Truckers were among those who lost lives and property in deadly tornadoes this year. The EF-5 storm that ripped through Joplin, MO, on May 22, claimed more than 100 lives and left roadways impassible. The DOT reimbursement for Missouri, which included river flooding along Interstate 29, totals $2 million.

Alabama will receive nearly $1.9 million in relief for the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa on April 27.

Hurricane Irene left roads flooded in several Northeast states. Although Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm when it hit Vermont in late August, it wreaked havoc with highways and trucking routes. The DOT has responded with a $15 million reimbursement for the Green Mountain State.

Connecticut will receive $2.3 million and New York will receive $7.7 million for Irene relief. New York will also receive $2.6 million for money spent cleaning up after Tropical Storm Lee in September. New Jersey will receive $10.2 million for the two storms while Pennsylvania will receive $4.2 million.

In addition to high wind events, river flooding caused its share of lengthy road closures and expensive fixes in 2011.

North Dakota had an above average spring runoff ,which led to a prolonged season of flooding. As a result, the DOT has responded with $31.5 million to the state.

Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas dealt with Missouri River flooding that led to dozens of roads and bridges being closed. Truckers detoured around parts of Interstate 29 for up to four months before the roadway reopened in the fall.

The Mississippi River flooded in a few locations as well, including in the state of Mississippi. As a result, the state will receive $3.7 million from the DOT.

For a complete list of reimbursements to states for disaster relief, click here. Notable on the list is a $43 million payout to California for winter storms and mudslides, some of which date from 1993 to 2007.

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