Chelsey Armstrong
WTS Minnesota
(612) 294-9731

March 19: Flood Vulnerability @ MnDOT

Join WTS MN to learn about MnDOT's cutting-edge work on the resiliency of the state highway network to flash floods!

This program will highlight the work MnDOT has done as one of 19 pilot projects in the nation to conduct climate vulnerability assessments to transportation infrastructure. MnDOT measured the sensitivity of Minnesota’s trunk highway system to flash floods in two districts in Northeast and Southeast Minnesota. Project partners included state agencies, counties, and MnDOT offices and Districts.

MnDOT’s recent planning documents, such as the 2011 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan, identified a risk of increased flash flooding. To help evaluate the risk, MnDOT conducted a vulnerability assessment of bridges, culverts, pipes and road segments in two of the its eight districts. The project also included an adaptation analysis of two culverts to identify cost effective options for improving the system’s resilience to increased heavy precipitation. The objectives of the study were to better understand the risk to the trunk highway network from flash flooding; identify cost-effective options to improve the network’s resiliency; and support asset management planning efforts at the agency.

Philip Schaffner, Policy Planning Director in MnDOT’s Office of Transportation System Management, will share insights from the study and next steps the agency plans to take related to resiliency planning and climate change.

The program will be followed by a happy hour at The Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Even if you are unable to make it to the session, please join us for the happy hour!

3:00-3:15 Registration - MnDOT Central Office, Room G13/14
3:15-4:30 Program
4:45 Networking Happy Hour at the The Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Enjoy WTS-hosted hors d'oeuvres, and happy hour drink specials until 6pm.

FREE Members & MnDOT Employees
$10.00 Non-Members
$5.00 Students

WTS Minnesota has applied for AICP CM credits for this event. 
Self-reported credits for other certifications may also be available.