Resiliency of Transportation Infrastructure and the Environment after Hurricanes

In the midst of a natural disaster, information and the ability to access various site locations may be compromised by blockage of roads and bridges, collapsed buildings, flooded roads, electricity outages, among other possible circumstances. Having the ability to communicate and access any given location is of extreme importance to ensure the safety and recovery of the public. State DOTs collect large volumes of digital after a hurricane to identify the current state of transportation infrastructure, water levels, road blockages, waste debris, and many other information of importance before, during, and after a natural disaster. Lessons learned from such data collection should help in improving the resilience of the infrastructure including better roadmaps on conducting recovery and repair operations during hazard events. The proposed research will review and improve the efficiency of the data that agencies currently use to collect and analyze data, which aids in the decision-making process during and after a natural disaster. Pavements are backbone of infrastructure during these events and hence an attempt is made to enhance the resiliency features of them by studying and exploring ways to strengthen the subsoil conditions supporting pavements near and around coastal regions. The research will lead to a comprehensive final research report documenting ways to enhance existing road infrastructure and also strategies to assess infrastructure conditions during and after hazard events. This information will also be made available to state transportation and city agencies. The findings of this research will result in more effective hazard preparedness to tackle the transportation infrastructure issues for the states in the South Central area and all other States as they are all prone to the adverse effects of natural disasters.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $285000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • 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:

    Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET)

    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
  • Project Managers:

    Dhasmana, Heena

  • Performing Organizations:

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

    P.O. Box 94245, Capitol Station
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
  • Principal Investigators:

    Puppala, Anand

    Jafari, Navid

  • Start Date: 20210801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230201
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01833051
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747106
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 20 2022 4:35PM