Torres Announces Nearly $393,000 Federal Highway Administration Grant Award to Bolster 35th District Reconstruction Efforts from the 2011 Southern California Wind Storm
The 2011 wind storm brought gale force winds and widespread power outages across Southern California
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced that the California Department of Transportation has been awarded a $392,691 grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration to repair or reconstruct federal highways and roads that suffered damage following the destructive wind storm that struck Southern California in 2011. The funding will benefit 18 congressional districts across the region, including the 35th.
“Southern California is no stranger to high winds, but the 2011 wind storm packed a powerful punch that downed numerous trees on our district’s roads,” said Torres. “Recovering from this sort of damage is costly for our communities because resources are drained from other critical projects. This funding will help rebuild our infrastructure and help ensure that we are equipped to respond to and withstand the next major weather event.”
Eligible repair work includes emergency repairs needed to restore essential traffic, minimize the extent of damage, or protect the remaining facilities, as well as permanent repairs necessary to restore the highway to its pre-disaster condition.
Torres is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, which is responsible for appropriating all federal spending, including the Department of Transportation.