After a second round of money released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Lycoming County has received almost $13 million total for flood recovery efforts from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
The money will be divided among various projects, with $6.8 million going to Route 973, said Dennis Buterbaugh, press secretary for the state Department of Transportation.
Most of the $6.8 million will go toward constructing a new bridge to replace the Slabtown Bridge, said Rick Mason, PennDOT spokesman.
Flooding from Tropical Storm Lee damaged the undermining of the bridge sections that remained standing after the floodwaters receded. The damage was too severe to allow the remaining parts of the bridge to stay in place.
Construction of the bridge is expected to begin in the spring and will conclude about a year later, Mason said. Bids for the project will open the first week of March.
The rest of the $6.8 million for Route 973 will go toward reimbursement for roadwork near the bridge.
"In most cases, these funds are reimbursements for flood repair work that was already done in the months right after the flooding, but some of the work is still ongoing," Buterbaugh said, "especially if bridge replacement is involved."
About $3.95 million will go to reimburse work on Route 87, Buterbaugh said.
"The Route 87 work has already been done," Mason said. "It's reimbursement for several locations. The most extensive is just north of Slabtown."
Route 220 will receive about $278,000, which Mason said probably is for the reimbursement of bridgework just north of Hughesville.
About $73,000 will be used as reimbursement on Interstate 180 for a couple of projects that include ramp work in Montoursville and near Muncy.
Mason said he does not know if any more money will come for road and bridge repair in the future.
"There's at least $52 million in damage in District 3 (Lycoming, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan, Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Montour and Columbia counties) from Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene," Mason said. "We could certainly use more. We're working toward that end. We're working with the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency."
Still, Mason is appreciative for the money received so far.
"It's certainly good news," he said. "We did take quite a hit in the region. Everything we can get in additional funding to cover the cost of recovery helps to make our regular program whole."
To pay for repair costs, Mason said PennDOT has been using maintenance dollars for routine activities. Maintenance dollars normally are used for bridge repair, rehabilitation and resurfacing and other projects.
"(The money is for) all of the maintenance types of activities that PennDOT is normally involved in when we're not dealing with emergency recovery efforts," he said. "As the money comes in, we'll bring them back into the light."
Buterbaugh said if the damage qualifies as emergency repair work, federal funds pay for 100 percent of the damage. If it does not qualify, 80 percent of the funding is federal and 20 percent of the funding is state.
Funding from the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program was provided by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act. The administration will pay $1.58 billion to 30 states, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and federal land management agencies.
The money will reimburse states for fixing or replacing highways, bridges and other roadway structures. Costs associated with detours, debris removal and other immediate measures necessary to restore traffic flow in impacted areas also are eligible for reimbursement.