Rapid Repair and Replacement Techniques for Transportation Infrastructures Damaged from Natural and Man-made Disasters

Quarterly Reports Other Documents Final Report
December 2008  See CFIRE 03-05

Primary Investigator

Mike Oliva
University of Wisconsin – Madison
1415 Engineering Drive, 1214 EH
Madison, WI 53706


Highways and railways move the major volume of freight tonnage in the nation. The impact to the freight hauling industry created by disruption due to natural and man-made disasters is tremendous. Bridges are the most sensitive components for construction in both railroad and highway systems. While highways and rail lines can be repaired relatively quickly, bridges require special planning, engineering, materials procurement, and longer construction time.


To ensure that WisDOT has the most complete list of rapid repair/replacement construction and contracting techniques for bridges readily available for use in emergency situations where the timing of response and recover actions are critical.


  1. Review literature for methods of response to disasters used by other agencies
  2. Develop a decision-making framework for agencies to use in evaluating the level of emergency involved in a disaster
  3. Examine contracting techniques that could be used in response to a disaster
  4. Recommend solutions for rapid bridge repair/replacement

Project Information

  • Duration: 22 months
  • Dates: 9/1/2007 – 6/30/2009
  • Budget: $62,860
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 02-16
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