Transportation Systems in the Central U.S. Print E-mail

Transportation systems in the Central U.S. - including highways, bridges, railways, waterways, ports, and airports - are vulnerable to the effects of a damaging earthquake in the New Madrid seismic zone. Furthermore, damages to transportation systems may extend to several states, which presents transportation officials in government and the private sector with unique problems and challenges.

In an effort to increase awareness of the earthquake risk in the Central U.S., and specifically the vulnerability of transportation systems, The U.S. Department of Transportation collaborated with the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium to prepare this monograph.  Emergency transportation planning is an important element in CUSEC's long-term plan to reduce the earthquake risk in the Central U.S.  In this regard, the Consortium has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation on several projects and training activities that address the vulnerability of transportation systems to a New Madrid earthquake, and measures that can be taken to advance mitigation, response and recovery planning. This monograph is a contribution towards this basic effort.

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