New York and Rhode Island will be able to tap $13 million in emergency relief funds to repair their highways and other transportation infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday released the funds, following President Obama’s call for federal agencies to make use of relief resources immediately. Both states got the full amount of aid sought, with New York receiving $10 million and Rhode Island getting $3 million. DOT is expecting other hurricane-impacted states to apply for emergency relief in the coming days.
“President Obama has directed us to immediately help restore vital transportation infrastructure following this unprecedented and devastating storm — and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” LaHood said. "These emergency relief funds are just a down payment on our commitment to all of the states impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”