Casey Announces Funding For Bridge Wiped Away By Hurricane Irene

Over $6.9 Million Fed Investment Will Fund Bridge Construction in Wyoming County

Senator Pushed for Federal Recovery Funds

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced $6.92 million in federal disaster funding for State Route 3001 bridge over the Mehoopany Creek in Forkston Township in Wyoming County. The bridge was destroyed out by Hurricane Irene, but will now be rebuilt with federal assistance.

“Rebuilding the bridge in Forkston is a major step forward in Wyoming County’s recovery from the flooding, but there’s still a long way to go,” Senator Casey said. “I saw firsthand the devastation to the Mehoopany Creek region’s roads and bridges and am pleased to have helped secure funds to fix this critical infrastructure, which is key to this community’s economy.”    

Senator Casey announced $6,924,799 in federal funding to replace the bridge. This project is funded through Public Assistance that was made available through FEMA following Pennsylvania’s disaster declaration.  This funding represents a 75% cost-share for the total cost of the project.  The total cost for the entire project is $9,233,065.

This funding will be directed towards the replacement of a composite steel multi-girder bridge on State Route 3001 in Wyoming County, which was completely destroyed by high velocity waters from Mehoopany Creek during Hurricane Irene.  The new bridge will be placed in the original location of the damaged bridge.

In August 2012, Senator Casey announced $1,379,949 in federal funding to repair two sections of SR 3001, which were completely destroyed by high velocity waters from Mehoopany Creek during Hurricane Irene.  That project is also funded through Public Assistance that was made available through FEMA following Pennsylvania’s disaster declaration.  This funding represents a 75% cost-share for the total cost of the project.  The total cost for the entire project is $1,839,932.

Since Hurricane Irene hit Pennsylvania, Senator Casey has pushed the Administration to provide more assistance to impacted areas. Just after the storm hit, he visited Wyoming County and toured the damage in Forkston where he pledged to work with local, state and federal officials to help the community recover. Earlier this year he called on FEMA to speed up cleanup efforts and asked the Department of Commerce to work directly with Pennsylvania small businesses impacted by the flood.

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