Climate change pix

The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and its partners are integrating climate change adaptation goals into the transportation decision making process and looking to minimize the impacts of extreme weather events and sea level rise on the regional transportation network.

First Phase

The Broward MPO administered the South Florida Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Pilot

Project. The Pilot Project covers the four counties and three MPOs in the South Florida area. The purpose of the Pilot Project is to determine the impact of extreme weather on the area's regional transportation network based on the following stressors: sea level rise, storm surge, and precipitation induced flooding. The focus of the Pilot Project is to develop a consistent methodology for integrating vulnerability into the MPO transportation decision making process. A second phase to this project will apply the climate change stressors to county and local roadways within the Broward region. The analysis will result in the identification of vulnerable facilities and methods for treatment of the roadways in areas that might be impacted by these stressors. Planning level cost estimates for these treatments and recommended strategic approaches to help the decision-makers determine where transportation investments make sense will also be provided in the second phase. The South Florida Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Pilot Project results was endorsed by the MPO Board on March 12, 2015 and approved by Federal Highway Administration on September 29, 2015.

Second Phase

On December 11, 2014, the Broward MPO authorized the funding of the second phase of the Pilot Project. This phase will address the Broward Region’s local/county level needs and builds upon the work of the South Florida Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaption Pilot Project. The analysis will result in the identification of vulnerable facilities and methods for treatment of the roadways in areas that might be impacted by sea level rise, storm surge, and precipitation induced flooding stressors.  This phase will develop planning level cost estimates for these treatments and recommend strategic approaches to help the decision-makers determine where transportation investments make sense. The anticipated completion date for the “local” effort is August 2016.

Broward County Climate, Energy, and Sustainability Program Webpage

To view the Broward County Climate, Energy, and Sustainability Program webpage, please visit: http://Broward.org/climate

For More Information

Please contact Buffy Sanders II at sandersb@browardmpo.org or (954) 876-0046 to learn more about the Broward MPO and what they are working on in your community.