Missouri to get $1M in federal funds to fix flooded roads

The Federal Highway Administration is providing $1 million in emergency relief funds to to fix flood damaged roads and bridges in Missouri, the state’s governor’s office announced Friday. 

Gov. Jay Nixon’s office said in a news release Friday that Missouri will get $1 million in initial, or quick release, funds from the highway administration’s emergency relief program, and the funds will mainly be used to restore emergency access and start the "most critical" repairs in the next few weeks. 

“The extent of damage to roads across a large portion of Missouri is still being assessed, but this emergency relief funding will help begin repair work in the areas where it is needed the most,” Nixon said.

The flooding in late December and early January forced the closing of hundreds of roads across Missouri; some roads remain closed.

The governor’s office says FHWA officials said the funds announced Friday are just an initial installment toward completing all the needed flooding repairs. The FHWA’s Emergency Relief program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters and catastrophic events.

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