Transportation officials release earthquake funds

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska will receive $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair roads damaged by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, the state's congressional delegation said Wednesday.

The funds are from a Federal Highway Administration relief fund and are aimed at paying for emergency repair work done to highways damaged by the earthquake.

The Nov. 3 earthquake forced the closure of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and damaged numerous roads in the Interior, including the Parks, Richardson and Alaska highways.

Gov. Tony Knowles has requested $25 million in federal aid to pay for cleanup efforts following the earthquake. Damage estimates are still under way. Only one person was injured in the quake.

Additional federal funding is expected as the full extent of the damage is known, according to a statement from Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

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