NCHRP Implementation Support Program. Deploying Transportation Resilience Practices in State DOTs: Implementation

Resilience relates to activities ranging from planning through design and construction to operations and maintenance. Resilience depends on the participation of diverse agencies and organizations, and can be affected by social, economic, and funding considerations. Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, infectious disease outbreaks, and, most recently, COVID-19 caused major shifts in how transportation agencies view resilience. Several challenges remain in implementing resilience practices into transportation agencies. One challenge is in getting top leadership and senior practitioners interested and committed in implementing resilience practices, given the other demands on their time. Another challenge is that many state departments of transportation (DOTs) want others to “take the first step,” particularly in areas still relatively new to an organization, before deciding whether to move in the same direction and at the same pace. Finally, the concepts associated with resilience change often, as new agencies contribute to the dialogue, and as new disasters focus attention on the importance of having a resilient transportation system. NCHRP Research Report 970: Mainstreaming System Resilience Concepts into Transportation Agencies: A Guide provides transportation officials with a self-assessment tool to identify current and future opportunities to include resilience concepts into agency decision-making and procedures. The self-assessment tool can be applied to an array of natural and human-caused threats to transportation systems and services, and is designed to help transportation officials identify and implement actions and strategies to enhance resilience capacity.  Efforts are needed to disseminate NCHRP Research Report 970 and the self-assessment tool, provide training on usage, and help transportation officials understand and consider resilience strategies that may be effective in their jurisdiction or situation. This will be done through engagement with state DOT staff and leadership to understand how NCHRP Research Report 970 can be used to benefit state DOTs, and development of presentation materials and supplemental tools (as needed) to make the guide content actionable by states based on DOT feedback. The presentation materials and supplemental tools will need to address the functional areas of a DOT, and DOT staff will be trained on how to use the guide as it relates to policies and programs for resilience (such as the Policy on Using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Resources to Build a Better America and FHWA’s Resilience guidance). The objective of this project is to develop workshops to support state DOTs in implementing NCHRP Research Report 970: Mainstreaming System Resilience Concepts into Transportation Agencies: A Guide through the planning and facilitation of at least four pilot workshops with state DOTs. The workshops would cover the concepts underlying the guide and will allow different state DOT staff to assess their current resilience status and to identify state DOT-specific strategies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $180000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-44(41)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Mohan, Sid

  • Performing Organizations:

    TRC Companies

    21 Griffith Road North
    Windsor, CT  United States  06095
  • Principal Investigators:

    Miller, Rawlings

  • Start Date: 20240314
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250613
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01778586
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-44(41)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2021 10:05PM