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FHWA Emergency Relief Program and Resilience

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed this document to clarify that program funds provided through the Emergency Relief (ER) Program may be used to rebuild more resiliently in ways that will prevent damage from future extreme weather events. The FHWA-ER program provides funding for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways that have experienced major damage from natural disasters or other externally-caused catastrophic failures.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Washington State DOT (WSDOT) Guidance for Project-Level Climate Change Evaluation

January 2017 Update

The Washington State DOT (WSDOT) issued this guidance to assist the agency’s project planners in considering climate change impacts, which is required for all WSDOT projects subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). In addition to obligations under NEPA and SEPA, WSDOT’s 2011-2017 Strategic Plan directs the agency to evaluate future climate-related risks and identify strategies to reduce risk. The guidance provides a standard process for analysis and template language to enable planning-level consideration of Washington’s projected climate impacts.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework - Transportation and Land Use

December 2016

The Transportation and Land Use section of the "A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework" (Framework) identifies regional-scale priorities for the Los Angeles County region to reduce emissions and improve public health, air quality, and climate resilience through transportation and land use decisions. The Framework, which also contains sections for four other sectors, was developed by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) to support more coordinated and collaborative regional policies relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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FTA Transit Asset Management Guide

November 2016

The Federal Transit Administration's guide provides a framework for transit-specific asset management, and includes a section on climate change adaptation. State departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and transit providers are now required to develop asset management plans to comply with regulations that were finalized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and FTA in 2016. Although FTA's final rule does not require transit providers to conduct formal climate resiliency analysis in investment prioritization processes, FTA recommends that transit providers have an understanding of and consider risks posed by climate change and extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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FHWA's Risk-Based Asset Management Planning Rule

October 24, 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued this final rule to implement new planning requirements established by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST). MAP-21 and FAST require state departments of transportation (DOTs) to transition to performance-based decision-making, a large part of which is the development of a risk-based asset management plan. The new requirements are intended to ensure that federal transportation funding is spent more wisely, with specific performance targets in mind and in consideration of the likely costs to construct, operate, and maintain transportation assets over their full lifetime.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Rhode Island: Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge

September 28, 2016

From Rhode Island’s Statewide Planning Program, Technical Paper 167: “Vulnerability of Municipal Transportation Assets to Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge” analyzes the estimated geographic extent of sea level rise in relation to transportation infrastructure in the state over the next century. The study found that sea level rise presents a major challenge to Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure, both via daily tidal flooding of coastal assets, and in making storm surge events more severe.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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FHWA Transportation Engineering Approaches to Climate Resiliency (TEACR) Study

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Transportation Engineering Approaches to Climate Resiliency (TEACR) study is designed to help identify best engineering practices for evaluating project-specific vulnerabilities to climate change impacts and extreme weather events, and for developing adaptation solutions to address those vulnerabilities. The study helps to address the challenges that engineers face in translating climate science into project-level design specifications, by developing solutions and methodologies that engineers across the country can apply when planning and designing projects in different project contexts.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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FHWA Resilience Pilots

FHWA supported the work of state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to develop and pilot approaches for assessing the vulnerability of transportation systems to climate change and develop strategies for building resilience in the transportation sector. Nineteen pilot projects were selected and the pilot jurisdictions worked with FHWA's Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework. This FHWA website includes the individual pilot studies for the pilot projects funded in 2013-2015 and webinars of the pilot teams discussing their work and their findings.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) , Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Washington State Department of Transportation, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), Iowa Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Tennessee Department of Transportation

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Highways in the River Environment - Floodplains, Extreme Events, Risk, and Resilience - FHWA Hydraulic Engineering Circular 17 (HEC-17)

June 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) manual Highways in the River Environment - Floodplains, Extreme Events, Risk, and Resilience provides technical guidance to assist transportation agencies in assessing vulnerabilities of assets and facilities to climate change and extreme events occurring in riverine environments. It includes new information on how to account for changing precipitation conditions including more frequent and extreme weather events that may affect transportation infrastructure and drainage systems in riverine environments, consisting of rivers and streams, lakes, wetlands, and other natural features conveying water.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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FHWA Green Infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience Project

2016 - 2017

In spring 2016, the Federal Highway Administration launched the "Green Infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience" project to explore innovative ways that transportation agencies can use green infrastructure or nature-based solutions to make highways more resilient to coastal hazards, including storm surges and sea-level rise. Through the program, FHWA funded five pilot projects across different coastal states to evaluate different green infrastructure approaches and develop lessons-learned.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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