The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced on Monday it is providing $319 million to the states for reimbursement of  2010 emergency relief programs. The State of Tennessee is set to receive nearly $44 million; $39 million of which will cover repair work done after last May’s storm and flood damage.

The damage last spring was so extensive, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) inspection teams were brought in from regions outside of the flood zone to help assess repair needs. A TDOT press release from May 6, 2010 quoted TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges as saying, “Repairs will be costly. We know we have significant damage to the highway system with buckled asphalt, major potholes and even places where the entire roadway has washed away or caved in.  It is worth noting that some of the more extensive repairs may take weeks – or even months – to complete, but we will be working as efficiently and expeditiously as possible to get Tennessee’s transportation system back to a state of normalcy.”

The work has been costly, but Middle Tennessee has, for the most part, recovered in record time.  Take a  look at how the FHWA funds for disaster relief were allocated at the United States Department of Transportation press release.