Support for State DOT Transportation Systems Resilience and All-Hazards Programs

Over the past sixteen years, and in partnership with TRB and FHWA, AASHTO and its member organizations have dedicated energy, time and funding resources to deliver many accomplishments in the transportation security, emergency management, and infrastructure protection areas of transportation operations. During this period AASHTO member organizations and others have funded more than 80 NCHRP research projects investigating how best to prepare for, prevent, mitigate, respond to, or recover from weather-related and human-caused disasters, emergencies, and security incidents. Significant institutional, organizational and technical issues are emerging as the transportation community enters the evolving fields of resilience and security. This emerging landscape warrants the strategic focus of AASHTO and its member DOTs as reflected in the AASHTO current and emerging committee and program structures. Three significant drivers are providing impetus to this initiative: (1) The sunsetting of AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management's (SCOTSEM's) 4th Generation Strategic Directions (2014-2018) in 2018. This plan established a foundation in resilience by: placing a renewed emphasis on system users’ safety and on protecting transportation investments in an all-hazards context; revising its mission focus on getting “research on the ground,” education and outreach; and partnering with other AASHTO groups that form the nucleus of the transportation system maintenance and operations community. NCHRP Projects 20-59(14)C and 20-59(51)C provided implementation support for this Plan and its six goals. An update of the Plan will be necessary and critical in 2018. (2) The AASHTO Committees restructuring initiative is likely to expand the mission and scope of security and resilience activities. Indications are that the new committee structure will consolidate the Association’s current committee structure and mission, expand the membership focused on security and resilience and also trigger the need for a new strategic direction. (3) NCHRP Projects 20-59(54), 20-59(55), and 20-59(117) are focused on preparing for and conducting a National Summit and Peer Exchange on Transportation Resilience, scheduled for late 2018. While specific recommendations from this activity are not known yet, many of them will likely affect various committee activities. These impacts will create the need to adjust work plan initiatives, research agendas, training opportunities and other activities, requiring implementation support to rapidly respond to these new opportunities and imperatives. Both AASHTO and the larger DOT community are entering another period of transition and must continue to sponsor new knowledge transfer, research, and outreach initiatives to advance the state-of-the-practice used by the professional community to deliver timely resilience, security, emergency management and all-hazards protection awareness, information, training, and “on-the-ground” experience to their peers and their customers. The research objectives were:: (1) assist SCOTSEM (or its successor Committee) in developing a new Strategic Plan covering the period 2019-2023; (2) continue providing support services to assist in accomplishing strategic goals as articulated in a new Strategic Directions Plan; and (3) provide support for post-Summit initiatives.  


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-59(56)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:


    One Penn Plaza
    250 W 34th Street
    New York, New York  United States  10119
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hammond, Paula

  • Start Date: 20190506
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200805
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200805
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41653

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01634963
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-59(56)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 19 2017 8:36AM