The city of Houston, Texas, is hoping that a new road reconstruction project can help repair some of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday that the $10 billion, $15 billion Houston Rebuilding Challenge was designed to help rebuild the city from the storm.
The project is part of the larger citywide recovery effort, he said.
“It is a major step in our efforts to rebuild the Houston metropolitan area,” Turner said at a news conference.
“The Rebuilding Challenges is a way for cities across the country to put together a $10 million to $15 million plan for a major public infrastructure project that will enable us to make Houston safer, healthier and more resilient for everyone,” he said in a statement.
“These Rebuilding Plans will provide the tools and resources necessary to support the city as it works to rebuild its infrastructure,” Turner added.
He noted that the city had spent $2 billion on reconstruction and had completed more than 3,600 miles of road.
He said the Rebuilding Plan would help reduce congestion and make Houston more efficient and responsive to local needs.
The Rebaking Plan will focus on major urban areas, including those in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
It will focus heavily on major transportation corridors, such as Interstate 45 and I-45W, Turner said.
Houston is looking to the U.S. Department of Transportation for a $3 billion, 20-year transportation grant to help pay for the Rebaking.
The city is asking the federal government for a grant for the city to hire and train local workers.
“We’re going to hire people, train them, hire them on site and do some things that we haven’t done in a while,” Turner told reporters Thursday.
The city’s request is part.
“We’ve done a lot of the things that are critical in terms of providing access to people in need,” he added.
“But we also have to be realistic, we’re going into a recovery period and we need to be ready for the next recession.”
A similar plan was approved in the U, D.C., and South Dakota.
The cities in those states also plan to seek federal funding to rebuild.
The U.N. agency overseeing the rebuilding efforts has said that Houston has been a “high-risk city” and has not been properly prepared for the hurricane.