Department of Transportation to provide funds to aid natural disaster relief

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The U.S Department of transportation's Federal Highway Administration announced it will aid more than $705 million in emergency relief funds to help 34 states, as well as America Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The money will be used to repair roads and bridges damaged by storms and other unexpected events.

The U.S. DOT also announced more than $60 million will go towards funding 32 university transportation centers around the country. The University of Alaska Fairbanks is among those on the list and will receive roughly $1.4 million dollars as part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act.

"From wildfires that devastated California, to hurricanes that rocked communities in Florida, to dangerous rockslides in Colorado, natural disasters have ravaged communities from coast to coast. Topping the list of support, Puerto Rico will receive more than $138 million as a part of our ongoing commitment to repair roads and bridge damage caused by hurricane Irma and Maria. We are inspired by the resilience of people in the face of natural disaster. This administration is proud to continue to stand alongside our neighbors as they rebuild," FHWA Deputy Administrator Brandye Hendrickson said in an address to the nation.