Building resilient roads

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Access disruptions on roads following a disaster can cause significant social and economic losses. Risk informed infrastructure investment is critical to ensure the construction and maintenance of resilient road networks.

Flooded road
Study investigates whether the potential level of disruptive impact on the road networks of European countries could reach a socio-economic tipping point – with an abrupt and large loss of road-network function.
European Commission
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2023
The study presented in this paper is carried out for a state-owned Norwegian road company, Nye Veier AS, to assess potential natural hazards and their consequences along ca. 720 km of planned roads at the early planning stage,
Natural Hazards (Springer)
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2022
This study analyzes the exposure of energy and transport assets in Asia and the Pacific to climate change and earthquake hazards and highlights how multi-hazard assessment can help strengthen the resilience of crucial infrastructure.
Asian Development Bank
Landslide-affected road
University of Birmingham experts are working with the Ethiopian Roads Administration (ERA) to develop ways of future-proofing the country’s road network against the effects of climate change.
University of Birmingham
“Unreachable” is the term that had become synonymous with Ruwedza in south-eastern Zimbabwe, where access by road had been hampered since 2019, when Cyclone Idai caused widespread destruction in the area.
World Bank, the
In the wake of devastating floods, Pakistan has, with Chinese help, set up a hi-tech meteorological observation station to predict weather and study climate change – part of an ambitious plan to improve climate resilience.
South China Morning Post
Transportation systems play a critical role in maintaining supply chains for effective post-disaster recovery.
Portland State University EurekAlert
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2022
This report aims to help practitioners integrate climate resilience considerations into transport asset management and thus enhance climate resilience in the transport sectors of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
World Bank, the
Taranda Dhank Road, carved into a mountain slope in Himachal Pradesh, India
India's transport sector is particularly exposed and vulnerable to the impacts of disasters. The fallout falls most heavily on vulnerable populations, hampering their access to economic opportunities, to education, healthcare and community interaction.
World Bank, the
Cello taxis in the flooded streets in China.
The growing density and connectivity of these networks make them more vulnerable to environmental shocks— heightened by a changing climate. So how exposed and vulnerable are transportation networks around the world?
World Bank, the