Understanding the Consequences and Cost of Climate Change to the Texas Transportation System

The consequences of climate change have the ability to create significant damage to the state's existing transportation infrastructure on a scale that will grow over time. The potential consequences include: damage to highway pavements due to increased temperatures and more severe and frequent droughts; the inundation of roadways, bridges, and ferry infrastructure in low lying coastal areas, due to sea level rise; stronger storm surges along the Texas Coast and the subsequent damage to bridges and roadways. The Receiving Agency (hereafter referred to as Texas Department of Transportation or (TxDOT) risks the possibility of spending hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars of state funds to maintain or replace damaged infrastructure, due to climate change. TxDOT (needs to determine the scale of the potential problem and its potential costs and the disruptions that may result from future climate change and is the focus of this study. The Performing Agency shall develop a framework to assist with avoiding any significant, unanticipated costs that would be imposed upon Texas taxpayers and industry, due to damage or loss of the State's transportation infrastructure as a result of climate change.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $249903.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Badgley, Sonya

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, El Paso

    Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
    500 W. University Avenue
    El Paso, TX  United States  79968-0587
  • Principal Investigators:

    Tandon, Vivek

  • Start Date: 20150408
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39919

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567125
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6876
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2015 1:00AM