Impact of Flooding on the Resiliency of Pavement Systems

For many years, transportation agencies have dealt with the aftermath of flooding from major natural events. Climate change is making the threat of flooding more imminent. The resilience of pavement systems subjected to flooding will gain greater significance in the foreseeable future. The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Technical Brief on Climate Change Adaptation for Pavements (FHWA-HIF-15-015) provides an introduction to how pavements may be fortified against climate change impacts due to extreme conditions, such as longer heat waves and severe flooding, and explains how these changes will accelerate the deterioration of highway pavements. However, it recognizes that the state of the practice is largely limited to general observations, and support is needed to develop specific adaptation strategies. The objectives of this research are to: (1) Develop a guide for state departments of transportation (DOTs), local agencies, and practitioners to help quantify the effect of flooding on pavement systems, and improve pavement system resilience during planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance in flood-prone areas. (2) Develop a framework for state DOTs to incorporate analyses, material characterization, and other tools to consider the effects of flooding into mechanistic-empirical pavement design.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $650000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 01-62

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Barcena, Roberto

  • Performing Organizations:

    Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.

    115 West Main Street, Suite 400
    Urbana, Illinois  United States  61801
  • Principal Investigators:

    Woods, Mark

  • Start Date: 20240315
  • Expected Completion Date: 20270314
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01847449
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 01-62
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 27 2022 11:44AM