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FHWA Climate Resilience Pilot Program: Arizona Department of Transportation

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Arizona Department of Transportation
Created: 8/13/2018 - Updated: 7/19/2019

Abstract

Arizona Department of Transportation conducted a pilot study to identify hotspots where highways are vulnerable to extreme weather, including high temperatures, drought, and intense storms. These factors can contribute to dust storms, wildfire, and flash floods, depending on the surrounding vegetation and landscape. The risks are different in the lower desert and grassland areas than in the forested mountain portions of the state. Understanding the risks and identifying vulnerable sections of roads will help ADOT plan to spend its construction and maintenance dollars more efficiently while improving public safety and ensuring continued services.

Keywords

Scale: 
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Policy
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Infrastructure damage
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Governance and Policy

Related Resources

Adaptation Phase: 
Sharing Lessons
Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Policy
Transportation / Infrastructure

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