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Reps. Panetta, Eshoo Call on Federal Highway Administration to Extend Emergency Repair Funding for Santa Cruz County

May 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) asking the agency to reconsider their decision to deny an extension to funding for nine emergency repair projects in Santa Cruz County.

After the winter storms in 2016, the FHWA granted emergency relief funds to address road damages.  These funds provide local and state governments the ability to rebuild critical transportation infrastructure and ensure the safety of our residents.  Funds must be spent by state and local governments within a two-year window but similar projects have often been granted multiple one-year extensions due to the complex nature of reconstruction projects in California. The California Department of Transportation routinely requests and is granted extensions to use emergency relief funds.  This year, the FHWA rejected multiple extension requests to California projects.

“FHWA has traditionally acknowledged the unique building challenges in California and routinely provided extensions to the two-year window for governments to use emergency relief funds,” Reps. Panetta and Eshoo wrote in the letter. “These funds provide local and state governments the ability to rebuild critical transportation infrastructure and ensure the safety of our residents.”

To read the letter, click HERE.