Making Transportation Tunnels Safe and Secure

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, increased awareness of security issues. Transportation facilities are particularly vulnerable to attacks that could lead to loss of life and disruption of vital rail and highway access. Accordingly, transportation tunnel security and safety issues have become more important in the national security dialogue. The traveling public relies upon the security and safety of highway and rail tunnels on a daily basis. Therefore, it is essential that steps be taken to protect these important assets. Research is needed to develop guidelines to improve the operational and structural security and safety of transportation tunnels and associated underground infrastructure such as vents, stations, and electrical substations. The objective of this research is to develop safety and security guidelines for owners and operators of transportation tunnels to use to identify (1) critical locations; (2) potential structural improvements; (3) operational countermeasures; and (4) deployable, integrated systems for command, control, communications, and information. The guidelines should be applicable across the spectrum of both accidental and intentional threats.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-67

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Science Applications International Corporation

    1710 SAIC Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Oncu, Irfan

  • Start Date: 20040913
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20060430
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11870

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460570
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-67
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:27PM