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State of California
Department of Transportation
Division of Local Assistance
P.O. Box 942874, MS-1
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001





Emergency Relief Program

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The Emergency Relief (ER) Program is a special program from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for the repair and reconstruction of federal-aid highways and roads and trails on federal lands, which have suffered serious damage as a result of a natural disaster or catastrophic failures from an external cause.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) continues the ER program with some changes in requirements:

  • State must apply and provide a complete list of project sites and costs within two years of the event; cost may not exceed the cost to repair or reconstruct a comparable facility.
  • For emergency repairs, a 100 percent Federal share is allowed during the first 180 days following a disaster. MAP-21 allows the Secretary to extend the time period if access to damaged areas is limited.
  • Debris removal for major disasters declared under the Stafford Act will be funded by FEMA.
  • Maintenance and operation of additional ferryboats or transit is eligible as a temporary substitute service.

Current Event Proclamations

Jaime Espinoza, ER Coordinator, Division of Local Assistancei


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