The Department of Transportation announced emergency funding for Arizona highways damaged by recent natural disasters
WASHINGTON – Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to award $25 million to Arizona highway repairs following recent natural disasters.
“Following recent extreme weather, today’s funding will provide needed repairs to Arizona roads and highways, creating jobs, strengthening economic opportunities, and helping connect Arizonans to services they rely on,” said Sinema.
“This funding will help repair roads damaged by floods and wildfires across Arizona,” said Kelly. “Not only is this a safety issue, it’s an economic one. By funding roads in need of renovations, we can ensure our transportation system is up to the task of supporting communities and businesses.”
The Department of Transportation announced $9 million for repairs following the City of Phoenix 7th street Bridge Fire, $4.3 million for repairs following monsoon storms and flooding in August 2021, $5.6 million for highway repairs caused by the Mescal and Telegraph fires in 2021, $1.3 million for repairs from storms and flooding in 2021, $1.7 million for repairs caused by Hurricane Rosa in 2018, $2.3 million in repairs caused by Tropical Storm Lorena in 2019, and $1.3 million for repairs from the Frye Fire in 2017.
Today’s funding follows the Senators’ announcement that $969 million will be invested in Arizona highways, roads, and bridges from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law led by Senator Sinema and shaped by Senator Kelly. Kelly worked with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to include their Fixing Infrastructure Damaged by Disasters Act in the law, which made damage caused by wildfires and ice storms eligible by law to receive Federal Highway Administration emergency relief.