$5 Million Allocated for Transportation Damage from Ike

September 28, 2010

The federal government has allocated $5 million to repair roads, bridges and airports damaged by Hurricane Ike. The U. S. Department of Transportation will make the funds available following an assessment of damages by the region’s transportation network.

Both Texas and Louisiana have already received $2 million each for emergency repairs such as clearing debris and rerouting traffic.Republic Intelligent Transportation Services Inc.

The Houston District of TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) has awarded a contract, valued at $5.8 million, for repair and restoration of traffic signals to Novato, CA-based Republic Intelligent Transportation Services Inc.

TxDOT estimates that only 200 of the 1,200 traffic signals within the district are operating. That leaves some 800 that are damaged, need replacing or do not yet have power to operate.

The DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration department has also allocated $1 million to aid in structural and engineering repairs at Galveston Scholes Airport.

The Texas Department of Transportation’s most recent estimate is that $20 million will be needed for repairs and debris removal as a result of Ike.