U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
In order to help inform and advance infrastructure resiliency efforts in the U.S., FHWA undertook a Global Benchmarking Program (GBP) study in 2015 to learn how transportation agencies in other countries are adapting their roadway infrastructure to severe weather events and changes in climate and to identify innovative and best practices to help advance the development and implementation of resilience strategies in the United States. As part of the study, two FHWA representatives conducted technical field visits and discussions with officials from transportation agencies in Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway. These countries were selected based on information gathered from a “virtual review,” which used webinars to gather information from a broad range of countries and to identify where climate adaptation and resilience activities have been implemented and have yielded demonstrable results.
This brief summarizes the key policies and practices identified through the study and how FHWA is putting this knowledge to use for domestic benefit.