FHWA Climate Resilience Pilot Program: Arizona Department of Transportation

Arizona Department of Transportation
Created: 8/13/2018 -


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.


The mission of the Department is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.


State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Disaster Risk Management
Transportation / Infrastructure
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
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Infrastructure damage
Storms or extreme weather events

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