Towards integrating resilience into everyday transportation practices of coastal and river valley communities

Coastal and river valley communities have become increasingly vulnerable to sea level rise, hurricanes and other natural disasters. In many cases, these events force the communities to evacuate in a relatively unpredictable way. Emergency evacuations require safe and effective mobilization of the public from hazardous areas while facing uncertainty, for example, unknown road conditions (e.g. road blockages, traffic incidents) and environmental conditions (e.g. implement weather). Therefore, the transportation system plays an integral role in the performance of the evacuation. However, the transportation system is also under the disaster threat and its performance during an evacuation is influenced by the magnitude of the threat, the community response, the resilience of the transportation system, etc. Despite many research has been conducted in the area of resilience, integrating this concept into everyday transportation practices to prepare for these disasters remains a challenge. The goal of this research is to advance the state-of-the-art in transportation activities to help integrate resilience into their everyday practices to assist coastal and river valley communities in their emergency planning. This research will leverage from new or existing low-cost technologies such as traffic simulation to help transportation agencies entities maximize their resilience practices within their budget constraints. It is also anticipated that this research will lead to future development of new or enhanced tools and methods that can be easily transferred to coastal and river valley communities.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $130667
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747130

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

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

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center

      4190 Bell Engineering Center
      Fayetteville, Arkansas  United States 
    • Performing Organizations:

      Louisiana State University

      3660G Patrick F. Taylor Hall
      Civil and Environmental Engineering
      Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
    • Principal Investigators:

      Herrera, Nélida

    • Start Date: 20180701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01681637
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747130
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Sep 21 2018 11:25AM