FHWA Lacks Detailed Guidance on Infrastructure Resilience for Emergency Relief Projects and a Process to Track Related Improvements [open pdf - 521KB]
"The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Emergency Relief Program (ERP) provides funds for the repair and reconstruction of highways and roads that have sustained serious damage from catastrophic failures or natural disasters, including extreme weather events. Since fiscal year 2012, Congress has appropriated approximately $5.7 billion to the ERP. The Department of Transportation's (DOT) current draft strategic plan states that the Department will better ensure that infrastructure is resilient enough to withstand extreme weather that could disrupt the transportation network and require major reconstruction. Because of the importance resilience plays in ensuring a safe and reliable transportation system, we assessed FHWA's guidance and processes for incorporating resilience improvements into emergency relief projects to rebuild damaged highway infrastructure."
Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, Report No. ST2018014
Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.dot.gov/