Bypassing the Road to Ruin – Resilience Strategies for Low Lying Roadways: EBC Climate Change and Air Webinar

Details

Date: January 23, 2024

Contact

Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]

Venue

Virtual Event

Information for viewing the webinar will be shared with registered attendees in a confirmation email.

Accessibility: EBC is committed to providing an environment that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need a disability-related accommodation, or have other questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Low lying roadways in New England and across the globe face increasing threats from flooding from sea level rise, more frequent and intense precipitation, and rising groundwater levels. This risk is compounded in that many of these same roadways are critical to provide emergency evacuation, response, and recovery services for extreme weather events. Beyond road closures and isolated communities, there are additional safety concerns from submerged roadways, including road washout and bridge scouring, overloading of drainage systems, and compromised structural integrity of pavement, embankments, bridges, and tunnels, as well as increased maintenance costs.

This EBC Climate Change webinar explores the challenges faced by low lying roadways and the communities they serve. We will hear from several New England state DOTs and industry experts on how low lying roadways – both inland and coastal – are getting to grade through several case studies. Learn how organizations are:

  • evaluating their roadway vulnerability,
  • developing guidelines for best practices for resilient roadways, and
  • adapting roadway materials, design, and operations to increase resiliency.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the webinar.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Additional information can be found under the tabs above.
Speaker Agenda:

Maine’s Experience with Implementing Resilience Strategies

  • Joyce Taylor, Chief Engineer, Maine Department of Transportation

Fostering Regional Resilience: SNHPC’s roadway adaptation toolkit

  • Suzanne Nienaber, Principal Planner, Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission

MassDOT’s Flood Mitigation Projects: Successes and Learning Experiences: Past Work and Looking Forward

  • Hung Pham, Senior Program Manager – Roadway Reconstruction and Resiliency Programs, Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Climate Resilient Pavements and the Role of Nature Based Solutions

  • Jo Sias, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of New Hampshire

Moderated Discussion 

Program Planning Team:
  • Joe Famely, Climate & Sustainability Team Lead, Woods Hole Group
  • Emily Day, Engineer II – Numerical Modeler, RPS
  • Julie Eaton Ernst, Climate Resilience Practice Leader, HNTB
  • Kyle Johnson, Climate Resiliency, Regional Lead, Kleinfelder
  • Katie Kemen, Director of Climate Resilience Services, BSC Group
  • Conor Ofsthun, Coastal Scientist, Woods Hole Group

The available PowerPoint presentations from the Bypassing the Road to Ruin – Resilience Strategies for Low Lying Roadways: EBC Climate Change and Air Webinar can be viewed below.

Presentations – Bypassing the Road to Ruin – Resilience Strategies for Low Lying Roadways: EBC Climate Change and Air Webinar

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Webinar Recording

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EBC Members

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Non-Members

Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording.

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