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The National Academies

NCHRP 01-62 [Anticipated]

Impact of Flooding and Inundation on the Resiliency of Pavements

  Project Data
Source: AASHTO Committee on Pavements
Funds: $650,000
Staff Responsibility: Roberto Barcena
Fiscal Year: 2023

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

The resiliency of pavements after inundation by flooding will gain greater significance in the foreseeable future. For many years, transportation agencies have dealt with the aftermath of flooding from major storm events, but the threat of sea-level rise from global climate change now looms more ominously. During the 20th century, the sea level rose 15-20 centimeters (roughly 1.5 to 2.0 mm/year), with the rate accelerating towards the end of the century. Climatological projections predict an even faster sea-level rise in the 21st century.

The objective of this research is to determine the impact that submergence and inundation related to flooding and sea-level rise have on the long-term performance of pavement systems and provide guidance on improving pavement resiliency.

Research results will support the development of design guidelines, standard practices, training sessions, and other activities that can be given to practicing engineers for limiting flood damage to new and existing pavements.

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