Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the awarding of three federal grants totaling $8.1 million to the Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT). The grants are allocated through the U.S. DOT’s Emergency Relief (ER) program to repair damage caused to highways and roads following natural disasters.
“This grants package of $8.1 million will address widespread road and highway damage caused by storms and floods that prompted emergency declarations in Nevada. I’m particularly encouraged to see $4.8 million allocated to Clark County, where road infrastructure is still inadequate following severe flooding. Nevadans depend on safe roads to get to work, buy groceries and transport goods to stimulate the economy. These grants will increase accessibility and mobility to keep Nevadans moving.”
The Emergency Relief (ER) program is housed within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, to fund repairs of Federal-aid highways and roads on Federal lands following natural disasters or externally-caused catastrophes. Grants are awarded after a president or governor formally issues an emergency declaration and the state files a request for emergency relief with the anticipated cost of damages. Grant money is allocated to reinstate essential traffic, reduce the spread of damage, preserve remaining facilities and repair highways to their original conditions.