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Managing Transportation Assets in Light of Climate Change

Since 2012, several large storms have caused millions of dollars in damage to the Northeast Region’s parks and transportation infrastructure. These trends are expected to continue. 

U.S. DOT Volpe Center is working with the Northeast Region to integrate climate change vulnerability and adaptation strategies into its long-term transportation asset management plan. U.S. DOT Volpe Center has identified transportation infrastructure assets that are vulnerable to damage from flooding, both currently and in future years, and is helping modify the Region's business practices to better account for these risks.

U.S. DOT Volpe Center staff compared impacted infrastructure from Superstorm Sandy to the best available data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The project team assessed the future flood risk under climate change by looking at different modeling options. U.S. DOT Volpe Center identified relevant adaptation and resiliency strategies that respond to current and future risks.

The project team is working with the Region to strengthen its existing asset management practices to strategically incorporate projected future flood vulnerability into its transportation planning and programming processes.

The region is reviewing the final report.

A brick walkway along a waterfront has been badly damaged.
Damage from Hurricane Sandy at Liberty Island. (National Parks Traveler photo)
Last updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2022