Senator Pushed for Federal Recovery Funds
FORKSTON, PA – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced $1.38 million in federal disaster funding for Windy Valley Road in Wyoming County. This stretch of road was nearly wiped out by Hurricane Irene, but will now be rebuilt with federal resources.
Standing near the temporary bridge at Windy Valley Road (SR 3001), Senator Casey outlined how these funds will boost the region’s recovery, and said that with the one year anniversary of Hurricane Irene approaching more needs to be done.
“Rebuilding these two sections of Windy Valley Road 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. “Getting the Mehoopany Creek region’s roads and bridges back in good condition is critical to the area’s economy, and nearly a year after Irene the federal government should redouble its efforts to bring this community back.”
Today, Senator Casey announced $1,379,949 in federal funding to repair two sections of SR 3001 (Windy Valley Road). 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 $1,839,932.
This funding will be directed towards the replacement of 2 sections of State Route 3001 in Wyoming County, which were completely destroyed by high velocity waters from Mehoopany Creek during Hurricane Irene. The first section of highway is approximately 1,200 feet in length and the second section is approximately 11,200 feet in length. Work items for both sections include debris removal, new roadway aggregate sub-base, drainage, asphalt paving, guiderail, signing and pavement markings.
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.