FHWA Climate Change Resilience Pilots

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) partnered with State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure, and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency. This pilot program is being jointly sponsored by the FHWA Office of Environment, Planning and Realty, and the Office of Infrastructure.

In 2010-2011, FHWA sponsored five MPO and State DOT led pilots to conduct vulnerability and risk assessments of their transportation infrastructure. The pilot teams used a draft FHWA conceptual model for conducting systems-level vulnerability and risk assessments of infrastructure that will likely be impacted by climate change effects. The FHWA has since restructured that conceptual model into an updated framework, incorporating lessons learned from the 2010-2011 pilots and other studies. The FHWA built upon the updated framework with experiences and lessons learned from the pilot program, and presented the finalized Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Framework in 2012.

The pilot projects funded as a part of this effort will use and build on the framework. The purpose of the pilot projects is twofold: 1) to assist State DOTs, MPOs, Federal Land Management agencies, and Tribes advance transportation adaptation assessment activities and 2) to assist FHWA in building on the framework.

Nineteen pilot teams partnered with FHWA to assess transportation vulnerability and evaluate options for improving resilience as part of the 2013-2015 program. The pilots used FHWA's Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework as finalized in 2012. The 2013-2015 Climate Resilience Pilot programs selected include DOTs from the states of: Arizona, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and the Maryland State Highway Association.  Local pilot projects include the Capital Area (Austin, TX) MPO, North Central Texas Council of Governments (COG), the Metropolitan Transportation Council, Broward County (of Florida) MPO, and the Hillsborough (Florida) MPO.


If you have any trouble accessing the website link above, please find here an archived page. You may find this has limited use. https://web.archive.org/web/20170114201958/http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/sustainability/resilience/pilots/index.cfm.

Publication Date: May 2013

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