Improving Transportation Infrastructure Resilience against Hurricanes, other Natural Disasters, and Weathering: Part I - Analysis of failure of transportation signs due to Hurricane Maria

The primary goal of this proposal is to analyze the failure of different types of transportation signs due to Hurricane Maria. The specific objectives of the project are: (a) determine the causes of the failure, (b) suggest improvements to the design and construction to avoid or reduce the risk of damages in future hurricane situations, and (c) calculate the wind loads that produced the damage in order to better establish the design wind speed in Puerto Rico (PR) new building codes and Department of Transportation (DOT) specifications. The intended outcome of the project is to improve the design and construction of highway and roadway signs. Also, the findings could motivate ASCE, the Institute of Civil Engineers of the College of Engineers and Land Surveyors of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico Building Code Officials (PRBCO) to change the design wind speed established for Puerto Rico, which in turn will affect the design of transportation infrastructure. PRDOT may also decide to adopt the assessed wind speeds for their design, aside of any ASCE or PRBCO decision.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $137878
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058

    Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority

    P.O. Box 42007
    San Juan,   Puerto Rico  00940-2007
  • Project Managers:

    Carlos, Juan

    Szary, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

    377 Ponce de León Ave
    San Juan, PR  United States  00918
  • Principal Investigators:

    Cruzado, Héctor

    Pacheco-Crosetti, Gustavo

  • Start Date: 20181001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200529
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01685241
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847102, CAIT-UTC-REG17
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2018 9:24AM