FHWA Climate Resilience Pilot Program: Maine Department of Transportation

Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT)
Created: 8/13/2018 -


The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) pilot project dovetailed with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-funded Project of Special Merit (POSM) that studied the effect of sea level rise on marsh migration. Transportation assets may be a barrier to marsh migration or may be affected by marsh migration; the MaineDOT pilot identified specific transportation assets that are currently vulnerable to flooding, and leveraged the marsh and sea migration maps to assess the vulnerability of assets to storm surge and sea level rise. The project team applied a previously-developed infrastructure tool and modified it to be specific to transportation assets. The team used the Transportation-version of the Coastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool (T-COAST) to evaluate the benefits and costs of alternative design structures.


The assessment focused on state-owned roads, bridges, and culverts in the POSM’s six coastal study towns (Bath, Bowdoinham, Georgetown, Phippsburg, Scarborough, and Topsham). It evaluated vulnerability and adaptation options to sea level rise and storm surge.


  • Evaluate the vulnerability and criticality of assets for further analysis.
  • Through application of T-COAST, analyze the benefit-cost and determine fiscal efficiency of various candidate adaptation designs under a range of sea level rise and storm surge scenarios. 


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.


Community / Local
Regional / Subnational
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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