U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that $28 million will be made available to repair roads and bridges in federal parks and recreation areas in New York and New Jersey damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The funding will help ensure the repairs are completed as quickly as possible.
The Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program will provide funding to the National Park Service for the repair of roads, bridges, ferry docks and pedestrian walkways at five National Parks – the Gateway National Recreation Area in both states, the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Fire Island National Seashore, Governors Island National Monument and Sagamore Hills National Historic Site in New York. The ERFO program also will provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with funds to restore access to the Edwin B. Forsyth National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.
The ERFO program provides funding to federal agencies to repair federal roads and other facilities damaged by natural disaster or catastrophic events. These federal agencies, such as the NPS and the USFWS, have ownership and maintenance responsibilities for facilities open to public travel.