Rapid Response Techniques for Disasters Near Roadway Work ZonesAuthor/Presenter: Shaw, John W.; Oneyear, Nicole
Roadway contractors and construction engineers are often tasked with three overlapping objectives: minimizing traffic delays related to construction, reducing the risk of traffic crashes in work zones, and protecting the health and safety of workers and the public.
Major difficulties can arise when a closure due to road or bridge construction coincides with an adverse event such as a severe storm, earthquake, or forest fire. It is sometimes possible to handle the situation by reopening traffic lanes in the main construction area, but in other cases it may be necessary to build a route quickly. This document discusses options and techniques for building expedient roads and trails that can allow first responders to reach a stricken area, facilitate evacuation of the area, allow traffic to bypass the area, or restore access while damage to roads and bridges is being repaired.