Fire and Storm damages to roadways, best practices for emergency projects while protecting ecological resources

Newton Wong, Caltrans
Topic Area
Transportation Ecology in Construction, Operations and Maintenance

Wildfires (like the Woolsey Fire) followed by heavy rainstorms has caused slope failures, rock fall, and road damages. Many of these damaged roads are along sensitive habitats and to waterways.  While maintaining and re-constructing roadways, we would have to avoid and minimize impacts to the natural environment. The goal is of this presentation is to share lessons learned, creative solutions and best practices for expediting emergency roadway projects while protecting ecological resources from beginning to end. And how we can create a harmony with regulatory agencies issuing emergency permits.