Transportation Research Related to COVID-19. Scoping Supply Chain Challenges and Solutions amid COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in increased demands for and shortages of key goods such as medical equipment (e.g., personal protective equipment and ventilators), paper products, cleaning products, manufacturing supplies (e.g., semiconductor chips, steel, and lumber), and some food products. Understanding the dependence on supplies that are sourced internationally, such as critical medical supplies, has become important. Research is needed to provide an understanding of the supply chain interruptions, adaptations, successes, and failures during the COVID-19 pandemic to learn what actions may be taken by state transportation agencies and other public agencies to mitigate those impacts during a future pandemic or significant disruptive event. The objectives of this research are to: (1) develop guidance for state and local government agencies to plan for future supply chain disruption, and (2) create a toolkit to help practitioners identify effective practices associated with overcoming supply chain challenges and leveraging opportunities. At a minimum, the research shall: (1) document supply chain challenges, opportunities, effective practices, and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic; and (2) document initiatives underway in public and private industry that provide solutions to address critical supply chain challenges at a state and local level.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $150000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 21-13(04)

  • 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:

    Crichton-Sumners, Camille

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dewberry Consultants LLC

    Fairfax, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pennetti, Cody A

  • Start Date: 20231101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250501
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01767995
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 21-13(04)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 24 2021 6:35PM