Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the immediate availability of $5 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help begin road and bridge repairs damaged by Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina.

“Hurricane Matthew caused significant damage to the state’s roadways and bridges and we will take extraordinary measures to help North Carolina restore its roads and bridges,” said Secretary Foxx. “These emergency funds are just a down payment on the Department’s commitment to reconnect people with vital services they need to begin the process of putting their lives back together.”

North Carolina experienced heavy rainfall associated with Hurricane Matthew beginning on October 8. The damage from the storm continues as water still rises in areas in the eastern part of the State. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency for all 100 counties in the state.

“As the state begins repairs immediately to start the process of recovery, this money will be used to repair roads and bridges, stabilize structures to prevent further damage, and set up detours until permanent repairs are completed,” said Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau.

This initial “quick release” payment is considered a down payment on costs of making short-term repairs now, which can make long-term repair work possible in the weeks ahead. The FHWA’s ER program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.