U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today announced that North Carolina will receive $2,050,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to cover repairs made to Interstate 40 after a 2009 rockslide. The rockslide blocked a section of highway in Haywood County for six months, causing traffic to detour and limiting vehicle access to surrounding communities. The funding was awarded through the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief (ER) program, which will repay North Carolina for the cost of repairs.
"The rockslide and resulting road closures made travel to school and work difficult for residents and impacted businesses in the surrounding communities," said Hagan. "The North Carolina Department of Transportation worked as quickly and efficiently as possible to clear the highway and safely reopen I-40 to residents and tourists. I am pleased that the state will be repaid for its work to repair and reopen one of our key federal highways."
The ER program provides funding for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways and roads that have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters. 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.