U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today congratulated the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
The department was awarded a $2 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief (ER) program.
The grant will help restore highways and roads damaged by tornadoes in 2013.
The ER program helps states rebuild federal highways and roads damaged by natural disasters or external causes, and is authorized and funded through the two year surface transportation bill (MAP-21) authored by Inhofe and EPW Chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in 2012.
"Today the State of Oklahoma can continue our recovery with the appropriate assurance and assistance from the federal government," said Inhofe. "This grant will help restore the damage to I-35 caused from last year's tornadoes and will help citizens and businesses get back on the road. It is clear that the Emergency Relief program is a critical component needed for the federal government to help states recover from devastating natural disasters like we experienced in Oklahoma last summer. I am proud that the Emergency Relief program is supporting states across the country exactly how it was intended to."
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