Improving Transportation Infrastructure Resilience against Hurricanes, other Natural Disasters, and Weathering: Part III - Analysis of motor vehicle bridges failures due to Hurricane Maria

The primary goal of this proposal is to analyze motor vehicle bridges that were damaged or collapsed during Hurricane Maria. The specific objectives of the project are: (a) develop an inventory of bridges that experienced damages or collapsed, (b) determine the causes of failure, (c) suggest improvements to the design and construction to avoid or reduce the risk of damages in future hurricane events. The intended outcome of the project is to raise awareness of potential issues related to the design, construction and maintenance procedures of motor vehicle bridges in Puerto Rico. It is expected that Puerto Rico Department of Transportation (PRDOT) and Federal Highway Administration-Puerto Rico (FHWA-PR) will take measures to protect the structural elements of motor vehicle bridges from impacts associated to extreme weather events.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $69907
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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:

    Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority

    P.O. Box 42007
    San Juan,   Puerto Rico  00940-2007

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • 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: 20200930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01685370
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847102, CAIT-UTC-REG19
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 15 2018 3:11PM