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Jaime Herrera Beutler Helps Secure Emergency Repair Funding for Forest Road 23

The Federal Highway Administration responds to Jaime’s May 10 letter, releases emergency funds to make long-term repair to vital recreational access point in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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Washington, D.C., July 22, 2016 | comments
Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded federal transportation officials today for responding to her call to repair Forest Road 23 – a critical access point in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest – with emergency funds.
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Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded federal transportation officials today for responding to her call to repair Forest Road 23 – a critical access point in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest – with emergency funds.

In May, Jaime sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) urging it to expeditiously release emergency funds for the repair of Forest Road 23 after the road was severely damaged by winter floods to the point where it is completely impassable.  Following Jaime’s letter, USDOT’s Federal Highway Administration assessed the road immediately, and determined that extra armoring was necessary to prevent future washouts and provide long term reliability. With these resources, the U.S. Forest Service estimates that it can complete repairs before summer of next year.  With these funds, the Forest Service will also be able modernize the road’s structure to prevent washouts and last 50 years.

“I’m glad the Federal Highway Administration responded so quickly to my request and has agreed to provide emergency funding to repair and improve this key point of forest access for the community,” said Jaime. “Maintaining access to this incredible forest resource for recreation and emergency services is a huge priority for folks across our region. I look forward to working with the U.S. Forest Service to ensure this project is completed as quickly as possible, allowing residents to enjoy our public forests.”

“I would like to thank the Congresswoman for her support and interest in restoring public access to the national forest,” said Gina Owens, U.S. Forest Service. “I’m also grateful to Federal Highways for their efforts to address the repairs as quickly as possible while providing for public safety.”

Background:

The U.S. Forest Service applied for relief funds from the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Without these emergency funds, the Forest Service would likely have had to wait for 2017 funds before it made repairs.  Jaime pressed the federal transportation department to assist the U.S. Forest Service in repairing the roads before year’s end with 2016 emergency funds.

Read more about her efforts here.

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