2060 Florida Transportation Plan

The “2060 Florida Transportation Plan” provides transportation planning guidance for the state, and includes emergency preparedness and resilience planning in its long-range objectives. The Plan, developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), sets high-level transportation objectives for the state, and offers implementation strategies to meet those objectives.

The Plan articulates two long-range objectives related to climate change resiliency: improving Florida’s ability to use the transportation system to respond to emergency and security risks and increasing the resilience of state’s critical infrastructure to the impacts of climate trends and events. The Plan offers several strategies to improve the state’s ability to respond to emergency risks, calling on the FDOT to: 

  • Implement a comprehensive approach for enhancing transportation security and emergency management through developing and regularly updating statewide and regional emergency response plans to define roles and strategies related to preparedness, prevention, detection, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation;
  • Support emergency evacuation, response, and post-disaster recovery activities through transportation planning and management decisions; and
  • Increase the use of technology to improve transportation safety, security, and emergency management, including public sector actions to develop standards and adapt infrastructure to facilitate vehicle, communications, and related technology investments.

In addition to emergency management, the Plan also recognizes the need for system owners to identify where the risk for service interruptions will be greatest from the impacts of climate change. To reduce vulnerability and increase resilience, the Plan calls for the development of more refined data and decision-making tools to help decision-makers integrate climate trends and their potential impacts into decisions about the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of transportation infrastructure. All objectives and implementation strategies in the Plan are nonbinding.

In 2015-2016, FDOT updated the Florida Transportation Plan; the Vision Element and the Policy Element of the FTP were released in August and December 2015, respectively, and Strategic Intermodal System Policy Plan was completed in February 2016. The new plan establishes a vision to shift focus from maintaining infrastructure to adapting infrastructure, which includes making it resilient to impacts of extreme weather events, climate trends, and sea-level rise. The FTP Policy Element includes goals and objectives designed to guide the state towards this and other aspects of the overall vision for the state’s transportation system. To support the goal of adapting infrastructure and increasing resilience, the Policy Element recommends incorporating extreme weather risks into long-range planning, project development, design, and operations and maintenance; and continuing to support research to better understand impacts of extreme weather and climate trends on transportation infrastructure.


This Adaptation Clearinghouse entry was prepared with support from the Federal Highway Administration. This entry was last updated on March 21, 2016.



Publication Date: December 2010

Related Organizations:

  • Florida Department of Transportation


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