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Title:Reducing Flood Vulnerability of Communities with Limited Road Access by Optimizing Bridge Elevation
Principal Investigators:John W. van de Lindt and Senior Bolivar
University:Colorado State University
Status:Active
Year:2014
Project #:MPC-448
RiP #:01528067
Keywords:accessibility, air ambulances, bridges, collapse, evacuation, flood damage, floods
 

Abstract

This research project will provide a prototype tool for the determination of the appropriate elevation of bridges in a road network serving a community with access compromised by a flood event. A holistic and systematic determination of safe elevations will help decision makers to prioritize resources for road bridge retrofitting, as well as designers in the engineering of these structures. This will be a reliability-based approach that accounts for the consequences of bridge failure rather than just the structural reliability.

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