The FHWA is helping state and local governments adapt to the effects of climate change. In 2013-2015, nineteen pilot teams from across the country received grants from FHWA to assess transportation vulnerability to extreme weather events and climate change, and evaluate options for improving resilience. Hillsborough MPO’s findings are being used as a national model in this recently released FHWA overview.
As a result of this important study, the MPO was invited to speak at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) “Future Interstate Study” Listening Session in Miami, FL. The Future Interstate Study is a policy study on the future of the US interstate highway system over the next 50 years. Topics include environmental impact and sustainability, human environment and equity, toll financed reconstruction and modernization, and public transit and the interstate highway system.
“There is interest in the MPO study because we laid out what to do, and where to start. For example, if bridge approaches can get washed out by a major storm, disaster recovery is harder and longer. We prioritized the weak spots in our system and estimated what it would cost how to prevent future problems,” said Allison Yeh, MPO Sustainability Coordinator. Mainstreaming resiliency into existing efforts like the Imagine 2040 Transportation Plan and the Selmon West Extension Project, is a FHWA best practice and a way to save money long-term.
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