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An accompanying fact sheet, MCEER Research Addresses Seismic Vulnerability of Highways Nationwide (92kb pdf), provides additional information about the Highway Project.

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Compreshensive list of highway reports (pdf)

MCEER Highway Project Research

Improving the seismic performance and reliability of the nation's highway system is the overall aim of MCEER's Highway Project.  The project was initiated in the fall of 1992 with two Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contracts totaling more than $14 million.  In 1998, MCEER received an additional 6-year, $10.8 million FHWA contract to expand on work begun in 1992.   Research is augmented by additional contracts from FHWA and other agencies.

The project uniquely examines the impact of earthquakes on the highway system as an integrated network, rather than a collection of individual roads, bridges, embankments, tunnels, etc.  Projects seek to ensure the usability of highways following earthquakes, by improving performance of all interconnected components.

Overall goals are to improve understanding of the seismic hazards to highways and to improve and develop analysis methods, screening procedures and additional tools, retrofit technologies, design criteria, and other approaches to reduce seismic vulnerability of existing and future highway infrastructure.

Studies examine:

In all, MCEER highway research involves more than 40 investigators from over 20 institutions throughout the United States.