Texas Transportation Planning for Future Renewable Energy Projects

There will be a significant increase in the number of renewable energy production facilities in Texas. The construction of wind farms requires the transport of wind turbine components that create increased loads on rural roads and bridges. These rural roads and bridges are typically not designed for such loads. This will result in a greater burden on the transportation infrastructure in Texas. Given the upward trend in particular in wind energy production, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT, here after referred to as the "Receiving Agency") is looking to plan for the impacts of future renewable energy projects on roads while facilitating the development of new renewable projects in and around Texas. The Performing Agency (hereafter referred to as the "research team") shall create an operational planning tool that can be used to propose route plans for wind turbine components passing along Texas routes and develop recommendations for planning construction of new wind farms as well as maintenance strategies for the roads.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

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

    Odell, Wade

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
    1 University Station
    Austin, TX  United States  78712-0278
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bhat, Chandra

  • Start Date: 20150115
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39151

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568867
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6850
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2015 1:01AM