Climate change impacts on transportation infrastructure may include temporary or permanent flooding of roads, bridges, and ports; increased maintenance costs due to damage or increased wear and tear; and service disruption.
Since reliable transportation is essential to strong communities and economic development, climate change impacts on transportation infrastructure could have far-reaching implications for development programs, especially those that rely on transportation to gain access to the populations they serve.
Transportation-related adaptation options include designing back-up services, construc ting storm surge barriers, and elevating roadways. In some instances, infrastructure may need to be relocated.
Last updated: March 07, 2014