RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it's giving more than $700 million in emergency relief for bridge and road repairs across the nation.
Out of the 8 million given to Nevada, roughly three million is coming to Washoe, Douglas, and Storey counties, specifically as a reimbursement for 2017 flood repairs.
The flooding events that took place in January and February 2017 cost the Nevada Department of Transportation roughly 15 million dollars in roadway repairs.
“We had monolithic, really bus-size boulders fall on US 50 in the Tahoe area,” says Meg Ragonese with NDOT. “On State Route 446 in the Pyramid Lake area we had about 50 feet carved out from underneath the roadway due to floodwaters.”
Ragonese says the floods had substantial impact on approximately 12 state routes in Northern Nevada from Kingsbury Grade to Pyramid Lake.
The flooding was so severe, former Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval issued a declaration of emergency for the region.
Since 2017 the Federal Highway Administration has given NDOT grants as a reimbursement for repairs. NDOT was given about seven million a while back and it was just announced the state is getting about three million more.
“It really helps us look past the flood events and look toward the future of improving transportation for our growing region,” says Ragonese.
Ragonese adds in the next 20 years, Washoe County’s population is expected to increase by 20 percent; and although NDOT had enough money to cover the emergency two years ago, this reimbursement will help with future projects.
“That brings the need for lot of transportation improvement. So, one really positive bit of news about this reimbursement is the fact that it will allow us to use that funding in our State Highway Fund for future transportation improvements,” says Ragonese.
Ragonese says NDOT has proposed more than two and a half billion in Spaghetti Bowl and interstate renovations over the next two decades.