Improving Transportation Infrastructure Resilience against Hurricanes, Other Natural Disasters, and Weathering: Part III – Analysis of motor vehicle bridges failures due to Hurricane Maria
CAIT project no.: CAIT-UTC-REG19
Fiscal Year: 2018/2019
Principal investigator(s): Héctor J. Cruzado, Ph.D.
Performing organization(s): Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
Managing organization: Rutgers CAIT
In cooperation with: Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority
Partner project manager: Juan Carlos Rivera, Engineer
Supported by: USDOT OST-R
UTC, grant, or agreement no.: 69A3551847102
The primary goal of this project is to analyze motor vehicle bridges that were damaged or collapsed during Hurricane Maria. The specific objectives of the project are:
- develop an inventory of bridges that experienced damages or collapsed
- determine the causes of failure
- suggest improvements to design and construction of motor vehicle bridges to avoid or reduce the risk of damage in future hurricanes
The study aims to raise awareness of potential issues relating to the design, construction, and maintenance procedures for motor vehicle bridges in Puerto Rico. We expect that the DOT and FHWA in Puerto Rico will use the results to formulate measures that will protect the structural elements of motor vehicle bridges from the impacts associated with extreme weather events.