Economics of Floods, Scour, and Bridge Failures

by Jennifer Rhodes, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, United States,
Roy Trent, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Hydraulic events occur more often and account for more losses than any other natural disaster. The damage inflicted on our nation's highway facilities during these events not only results in high repair costs, but also in lost productivity and commerce for local business and industry. Therefore it is important to analyze how well our roads and bridges hold up. This paper reports on an extensive evaluation of road and bridge damage occurring during the major floods of the 1980's, and discusses the direct and indirect costs associated with these damages.

Subject Headings: Bridge failures | Highways and roads | Floods | Failure analysis | Economic factors | Bridge tests | Benefit cost ratios

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