Mobility and Accessibility Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure to Natural Disasters

PI: Osama Abaza (UAA),, ORCID:

Co PIs: David Y. Yang (PSU), Diane Moug (PSU)

AMOUNT & MATCH: $195,000 from PacTrans; $195,000 Match

PERFORMANCE PERIOD: 8/16/2023 – 8/15/2025

STATUS: Active

CATEGORIES: Connected Technology, Road Side Unit, Sensing, Connected Infrastructure


FINAL PROJECT REPORT: will be available once completed

PROJECT DATA: will be available once completed

DESCRIPTION:  This project aims to tackle the practical challenges of mobility and accessibility following natural disasters, specifically focusing on post-earthquake scenarios. The primary objective is to provide actionable insights and solutions that can be directly implemented in real-world transportation systems. Leveraging available data from state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and employing analytical techniques, our research endeavors to bridge the gap between theoretical research and practical application, ultimately benefiting the transportation community in the region. By investigating the impact of post-earthquake mobility on evacuating nearby populations and facilitating access for emergency responders, the project seeks to address critical questions regarding evacuation routes and responder access. Through this analysis, valuable insights will be gained into the challenges and potential obstacles faced during post-earthquake responses around critical facilities, contributing to enhanced emergency preparedness and the development of strategies for effective evacuation and responder access in critical scenarios.

Research Project Progress Report #1 10/10/2024
Research Project Progress Report #2 4/10/2025
No Cost Extension Request 6/15/2025
Draft Report 6/15/2025
Final Project Report 7/15/2025