Disaster Management

U.S. DOT emergency funding
News September 21, 2018
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the immediate availability of $14 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore access to essential roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina.    The $14 million payment is an...
Hurricane Irma heading towards Florida
News September 07, 2017
Every stretch of South Florida's highways is being closely monitored, as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is making sure any accidents get cleared up as quickly as possible and all lanes on I-95 stay open in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.   There's a steady traffic flow on South...
traffic safety
News March 25, 2016
The federal government today charged seven Iranians with using a cyberattack to try to take over a New York dam. The Iranian hackers also allegedly targeted 46 of the nation's largest financial institutions, causing disruption to online services and making hundreds of thousands of Americans unable...
News October 01, 2015
Legislators in the U.S. House are moving to extend the federal deadline for automated train safety control systems that most railroads say they will simply not be able to meet.    A bipartisan measure has been introduced in the lower chamber that would push back the deadline, presently Dec. 31,...
News February 12, 2013
Transportation authorities across the Northeast began lifting travel bans on Monday as the region worked to dig itself out of a record-breaking snowstorm over the weekend. Officials are keeping an eye on the situation in New York and Connecticut, however, as both states were expected to see...
News November 01, 2012
Transportation in New York City picked up on Thursday following the devastation by Hurricane Sandy earlier in the week. Commuters hit the roads facing miles-long traffic jams, and some public transportation services resumed as well.   Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that all East River bridges...
News July 03, 2012
Commuters in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. had to deal with powerless traffic signals Monday following a vicious storm over the weekend. Officials estimate that full power will not be restored until sometime Thursday.   Hundreds of traffic signals were knocked out in the path of the storm...
News November 02, 2011
  The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) does not want a repeat of last winter’s nightmare, when hundreds of vehicles were stranded for hours on Lake Shore Drive during a record snowstorm Feb. 1-2, according to the Chicago Tribune.   Work has begun on an emergency escape route that will...
Article July 15, 2010
Boulders, some as big as tractor-trailers, pummeled I-70 in Glenwood Canyon in early March, leaving the only east-west Rocky Mountain artery closed for four days. One week after the massive rockslide, Flatiron was selected as the contractor to conduct vital repairs to the damaged roadway about 100...
Article September 09, 2008
Photos and reports from Sichuan, China, inform us of the destruction of the May 12 7.9 earthquake and serve as yet another reminder of the risk societies face from natural hazards. The people of Peru are still rebuilding from a similar event that struck off the coast of South America in August 2007...
Article August 14, 2008
Miles of roads in south Louisiana parishes that were inundated by Hurricane Katrina or by levee failures are currently being repaired in the form of a $150 million program called the South Louisiana Submerged Roads Program. The program aims to rehabilitate 52 roadway segments that were flooded for...
Article February 12, 2008
At 11:01 p.m. on July 10, 2006, a 38-year-old mother of three traveled to Logan International Airport in Boston with her husband behind the wheel of a 1991 Buick. The couple was approximately one second from exiting a new “Big Dig” tunnel when 20 anchor bolts and 10 massive concrete panels used for...
Article November 16, 2007
On Aug. 1, 2007, a few moments past 6 p.m., a nondescript bridge carrying eight lanes of the U.S. Interstate System over the Mississippi River became a local disaster—a national tragedy. In four seconds the busiest bridge in Minneapolis, typically carrying 140,000 vehicles a day, went from a main...
Article February 12, 2007
In February 2001, an earthquake (magnitude 6.8) occurred in the Puget Sound region of the state of Washington. In October 2003, a fast-moving, uncontrollable wildfire blackened more than 270,000 acres of the county and city of San Diego. In May 2004, a warehouse holding a large inventory of a...
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