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US DOT awards $3.74Mil for tsunami damaged roads

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Faleomavaega has announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded the American Samoa Government (ASG) with a $3.74 million grant. The grant is for the repair and reconstruction of Federal-aid highways and roads that were damaged by the tsunami that hit American Samoa in 2009. 


According to the USDOT, this funding is from the Emergency Relief program within the Federal Highway Administration for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways that have suffered serious damages as a result of natural disasters. The funds are awarded after the President or the Governor issues a formal emergency declaration and the Territory or State files a request for the cost of damage to eligible highways. 


“After the havoc and devastation caused by the 2009 tsunami, these are needed funds for the repair and reconstruction of our highways and roads,” Faleomavaega said.  “Roads are a critical component of our infrastructure and this funding will provide great assistance to the many areas that were affected by the tsunami.”  


“I want to thank my good friend and former colleague, Secretary Ray LaHood of the U.S. Department of Transportation and President Obama for their support of the ongoing reconstruction of American Samoa’s infrastructure since the devastating 2009 tsunami,” Faleomavaega concluded. 


SOURCE: Congressman's office media release