The Federal Highway Administration announced Tuesday the immediate availability of $2 million dollars in Emergency Relief program funds to begin repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges in Michigan
On June 17, heavy rainfall caused flooding in Gogebic, Houghton, and Menominee Counties in the western Upper Peninsula. Some areas in those counties received as much as 7 to 10 inches of rain in just a few hours which caused extreme flooding. Significant damage to state and local federal-aid routes were also affected, including several bridge and culvert washouts.
“The Upper Peninsula of Michigan experienced considerable damage to roads and bridges as the result of heavy rainfall and flooding that these quick release funds will help address,” “The funding represents the first installment of funds to the state to ensure all necessary repairs are completed as quickly as possible.” - Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson
The $2 million in what is called "quick release” funding will be used to restore essential traffic for local communities. This initial payment is considered a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs while the state continues damage assessments for long-term repairs.