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Porous Asphalt Study: “Effect of Road Shoulder Treatments on Highway Runoff Quality and Quantity”

July 1997

The Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) studied the effectiveness of porous asphalt road shoulder treatments at reducing the quantity and improving the quality of highway stormwater runoff, compared to traditional asphalt and gravel. Out of the three treatments tested, the porous asphalt shoulders produced both the lowest volume of runoff and runoff with the lowest concentration of pollutants. The report suggests that although porous asphalt may have higher installation costs than traditional asphalt, the use of porous asphalt road shoulders may have long-term economic benefits along with safety and environmental advantages.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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AASHTO’s Sustainable Transportation, Energy, Infrastructure and Climate Solutions Technical Assistance Program

AASHTO's Sustainable Transportation: Energy, Infrastructure, and Climate Solutions Technical Assistance Program is designed to assist State Departments of Transportation in understanding the potential effects of climate change, and the range of strategies and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Related Organizations: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program, jointly administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), allocates federal funds for infrastructure projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality. CMAQ funding may be used for transportation projects that reduce emissions in areas that are not in compliance with federal air quality standards or areas that formerly were not in compliance, but are now meeting those standards.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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FHWA Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is administered by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and helps states fund a variety of activities related to improving transportation assets, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, environmental mitigation, and creating or improving recreational trails projects. 

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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TRB Research In Progress (RiP) Database

The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Research In Progress (RiP) Database and data-entry system allows users in the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT), state DOTs, University Transportation Centers (UTCs) and other USDOT-funded universities to add, modify, and delete information on their current research projects. To see a list of climate change (both mitigation and adaptation) related research, enter "climate change" in the Keyword field. Project descriptions provide contact information for research team members.

Related Organizations: Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse (TCCC)

The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse (TCCC) aims to serve as a one-stop source of information on transportation and climate change issues. It is intended for use by the transportation community, including all levels of government, private industry,  and non-profits, and provides a forum to share information, learn about new research, and understand practices and approaches that are being used to address the linkages between transportation and climate change.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Climate Change Center and Environmental Forecasting

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Transportation and Climate Change Resource Center

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASTHO) Transportation and Climate Change Resource Center provides access to information, services, and resources to support both mitigation and adaptation actions by state transportation departments (DOT).

Related Organizations: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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