NCHRP Implementation Support Program. Implementing the Design Practices Guide for Applying Climate Change Information to Hydrologic and Coastal Design of Transportation Infrastructure

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 15-61 developed a proposed design practices guide, Applying Climate Change Information to Hydrologic and Coastal Design of Transportation Infrastructure, that provides hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) engineers with tools needed to amend current practice to account for future climate change. The guide addresses potential effects of climate change, such as sea level rise and extreme rainfall events on H&H project and programmatic design, and will aid in the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure to prepare for these effects. The guide provides a comprehensive framework for considering and, where appropriate, incorporating climate change into inland hydrology and coastal analyses. To the extent possible, the guide is applicable to the tools and datasets available today, but is not tied to them. The guide is structured so that it will remain relevant when new tools and datasets become available in the future. A follow-up project, NCHRP 15-61A, “Updates to the Design Practices Guide for Applying Climate Change Information to Hydrologic and Coastal Design of Transportation Infrastructure,” was initiated to address important research topics that require further analysis and elaboration in the design practices guide before the design guide is submitted to the AASHTO Technical Committee on Hydrology and Hydraulics (TCHH) for review and consideration for AASHTO adoption. An implementation focused project, NCHRP Project 20-44(23), “Pilot Test of Climate Change Design Practices Guide for Hydrology and Hydraulics,” conducted pilot tests with several state departments of transportation (DOTs) to assess the effectiveness and ease of implementation of the proposed design practices guide for projects of varying size and complexity. Pilot tests were conducted by Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, and Oregon DOTs. A wrap-up workshop with the pilot test participants was held on November 17-18, 2022. NCHRP Project 20-44(44) is intended to support the adoption of the design practices guide by AASHTO TCHH to supplement the AASHTO Drainage Manual. The activities envisioned in this implementation project will improve the usefulness and usability of the design practices guidance through astute user feedback. This will further publicize the guide and the good results obtained through these projects. The objective of this project is to enhance and expand the implementation of the design practices guide, focusing only on inland hydrology/hydraulics, by providing training and disseminating the results to a broad audience of practitioners and decision makers.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $130000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-44(44)

  • 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:

    Mohan, Sid

  • Start Date: 20240408
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01851058
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-44(44)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2022 5:13PM