National Association of Development OrganizationsLessons Learnedfrom Irene:                                               ...
National Association of Development OrganizationsAbout NADO National association for 540 regional  development organizati...
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Damage across Vermont                                                  National Association of Development OrganizationsMa...
National Association of Development Organizations                                                Photo courtesy of VTrans
National Association of Development Organizations                                               Photo courtesy of VTrans
National Association of Development Organizations                                               Photo courtesy of VTrans
National Association of Development Organizations                                                Photo courtesy of VTrans
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National Association of Development OrganizationsResponse Priorities for VTrans• Reconnect 13 communities shut off from  s...
Vermont’s Regional Planning                                   National Association of Development OrganizationsCommissions...
Vermont’s Regional Planning                                                   National Association of Development Organiza...
National Association of Development OrganizationsRPCs’ Transportation RoleSample of tasks relevant post-Irene:• Infrastruc...
MAP-21: Regional Transportation                                                          National Association of Developme...
National Association of Development OrganizationsMAP-21 RTPO Duties• Regional long-range multimodal  transportation plan• ...
National Association of Development OrganizationsMAP-21 RTPO Duties• Participate in national and state policy and  plannin...
National Association of Development OrganizationsMAP-21 Role in Statewide Planning• Where RTPOs exist, states must:  – “Co...
National Association of Development OrganizationsNote: Dark blue states have a range of practices, and only some fulfill a...
National Association of Development OrganizationsVermont RPCs as RTPOs• RPCs play key role in Vermont’s  Transportation Pl...
National Association of Development OrganizationsVermont RPCs: Assets• Existing relationship with key local actors• Knowle...
National Association of Development OrganizationsVermont RPCs1 week after Irene’s New England landfall:RPCs became VTrans’...
National Association of Development OrganizationsRPCs’ Post-Irene TasksResponsible for local transportation system:• Mappi...
National Association of Development OrganizationsRPC fieldwork• Detailed inventory of every damaged  road segment• Invento...
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Daily Status ReportIrene Flood Damage Town Highway Regional Status ReportDaily Summary by TownTo be submitted BY NOON dail...
National Association of Development OrganizationsDaily Status Report
National Association of Development OrganizationsRPC work at the SEOCSEOC—State Emergency Operation Center• Incident Comma...
National Association of Development OrganizationsLessons Learned• Problems not generalizable across  neighboring towns• Da...
National Association of Development OrganizationsNext Steps for Vermont• More disaster planning, including incident  comma...
National Association of Development OrganizationsNext Steps for Vermont• Fluvial erosion studies, climate discussions  inf...
National Association of Development OrganizationsWhere are they now?• Many roads and bridges re-opened by Dec  2011• Large...
National Association of Development Organizations                                    Photo courtesy of Southern Windsor Co...
National Association of Development OrganizationsAdditional ResourcesCarrie Kisselckissel@nado.org | 202.624.8829www.NADO....
Lessons Learned from Irene: Vermont RPCs Address Transportation System Recovery
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Lessons Learned from Irene: Vermont RPCs Address Transportation System Recovery

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One week after striking the U.S. east coast as a category 1 hurricane, Irene arrived in Vermont on August 27, 2011. Flooding was devastating for transportation infrastructure, leading the RPCs to assist the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) in the recovery.

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Lessons Learned from Irene: Vermont RPCs Address Transportation System Recovery

  1. 1. National Association of Development OrganizationsLessons Learnedfrom Irene: Image courtesy of TRORCVermont RPCs AddressTransportation System RecoveryCarrie KisselNational Association of Development Organizations
  2. 2. National Association of Development OrganizationsAbout NADO National association for 540 regional development organizations, including emerging network of Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs or RPOs) Promote public policies that strengthen local governments, communities and economies through the regional strategies, coordination efforts and program expertise of the nation’s regional development organizations
  3. 3. National Association of Development Organizations What happened in Vermont?Photo courtesy of Southern Windsor County RPC
  4. 4. Damage across Vermont National Association of Development OrganizationsMaps produced by Pam Brangan at the Irene Local Roads Response Resource Coordination Center. 9/30/2011. pbrangan@ccrpcvt.org
  5. 5. National Association of Development Organizations Photo courtesy of VTrans
  6. 6. National Association of Development Organizations Photo courtesy of VTrans
  7. 7. National Association of Development Organizations Photo courtesy of VTrans
  8. 8. National Association of Development Organizations Photo courtesy of VTrans
  9. 9. 10National Association of Development Organizations Photo courtesy of Southern Windsor County RPC
  10. 10. National Association of Development OrganizationsResponse Priorities for VTrans• Reconnect 13 communities shut off from state system• Access to utility companies to restore power• Re-establish east-west routes 11
  11. 11. Vermont’s Regional Planning National Association of Development OrganizationsCommissions• 11 RPCs• Serve whole state• 1 MPO (Chittenden County RPC)• 10 RTPOs 12
  12. 12. Vermont’s Regional Planning National Association of Development OrganizationsCommissionsTypical (blue-sky, non-disaster) RPC tasks:• Transportation planning• Land use planning and zoning• Emergency planning and preparedness• Natural resource planning• GIS mapping and analysis 13
  13. 13. National Association of Development OrganizationsRPCs’ Transportation RoleSample of tasks relevant post-Irene:• Infrastructure inventories—bridges, culverts, roads• Facilitating regional road foreman meetings• Traffic counts• Regular involvement in project development and prioritization• Project management• Map making and data management
  14. 14. MAP-21: Regional Transportation National Association of Development OrganizationsPlanning Organizations New entities defined for non-metro: Regional Transportation Planning Organizations RTPOs are an optional designation to assist states with non-metro planning RTPOs must:  Have a policy committee of majority local officials  Have a “parent” organization to serve as administrative and fiscal agent and provide planning staff
  15. 15. National Association of Development OrganizationsMAP-21 RTPO Duties• Regional long-range multimodal transportation plan• Regional transportation improvement program• Foster coordination of local land use and economic development plans with transportation plans and programs• Technical assistance to local officials 16
  16. 16. National Association of Development OrganizationsMAP-21 RTPO Duties• Participate in national and state policy and planning development processes• Public participation• Consider and share plans and programs with neighboring regions and Tribal organizations• Other duties to support statewide planning 17
  17. 17. National Association of Development OrganizationsMAP-21 Role in Statewide Planning• Where RTPOs exist, states must: – “Cooperate” on long-range plan development – “Consult” on Interstate, Bridge, NHS, 5310, 5311 projects in STIP – “Cooperate” on other projects in STIP for areas with a population under 50,000 – “Consult” on Strategic Highway Safety Plan
  18. 18. National Association of Development OrganizationsNote: Dark blue states have a range of practices, and only some fulfill all MAP-21-defined duties in late 2012. 19
  19. 19. National Association of Development OrganizationsVermont RPCs as RTPOs• RPCs play key role in Vermont’s Transportation Planning Initiative – Process by which VTrans conducts some of its local official consultation and public outreach – Established in 1992 in response to ISTEA, state planning law, recommended actions in 1990 agency evaluation – Operate under annual contract to VTrans – Duties codified in state statute in 2007 20
  20. 20. National Association of Development OrganizationsVermont RPCs: Assets• Existing relationship with key local actors• Knowledge of transportation network• Familiar with disaster funding• Early 2011, had external evaluation of RPCs strengthened network and delivery system 21
  21. 21. National Association of Development OrganizationsVermont RPCs1 week after Irene’s New England landfall:RPCs became VTrans’s partners for assessingdamage on local transportation system• Fieldwork• Regional Coordination Center• State Emergency Operations Center 22
  22. 22. National Association of Development OrganizationsRPCs’ Post-Irene TasksResponsible for local transportation system:• Mapping & data collection• Resource matching• Communications• Help with FEMA Public Assistance• Technical assistance 23
  23. 23. National Association of Development OrganizationsRPC fieldwork• Detailed inventory of every damaged road segment• Inventory damaged bridges• Inventory damaged culverts where possible
  24. 24. National Association of Development Organizations 25 Photo courtesy of Southern Windsor County RPC
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  26. 26. RPC work at the Regional National Association of Development OrganizationsCoordination Center• Established at Chittenden County RPC (MPO)• Daily/weekly status reports• Damage Assessment Collection – Create forms – Base maps to record damage – Compile all damage reports• Disseminate the damage report information 27
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  28. 28. Daily Status ReportIrene Flood Damage Town Highway Regional Status ReportDaily Summary by TownTo be submitted BY NOON daily to mboomhower@ccmpo.org Preliminary assessmentDate 9/9/2011FIRST SET RPC CODE IN YELLOW PULLDOWN CELL BELOW - this will then only show towns in the RPC region in the town name column pulldownRegional Planning Commission SWCRPC Southern Windsor County RPC Road Status Bridge Status Culvert Status # Partially # Open but Open # Emergency Total # Open but # Partially Open # Emergency Total # Open but # Partially Open # Emergency TotalTown Name Damaged (e.g. 1 lane) Only # Closed Damaged Damaged (e.g. 1 lane) Only # Closed Damaged Damaged (e.g. 1 lane) Only # Closed DamagedAndover 28 5 3 36 1 1 0Baltimore 1 1 0 0Cavendish 2 67 5 74 1 1 0Chester 123 1 124 9 9 0Ludlow 110 14 124 1 2 3 0Reading 25 14 1 40 1 1 0Springfield 4 4 0 0Weathersfield 9 4 1 14 0 0West Windsor 38 1 2 41 1 1 0Windsor 3 2 5 1 1 2 0 • Example report from September 9, 2011 • Courtesy Chittenden County RPC
  29. 29. National Association of Development OrganizationsDaily Status Report
  30. 30. National Association of Development OrganizationsRPC work at the SEOCSEOC—State Emergency Operation Center• Incident Command System’s Planning and Logistics Sections role• Assisted FEMA• Incident Command System structure was set up for the RPCs to report to VTrans with status updates to the SEOC• Staffed multiple positions at State Support Function 1
  31. 31. National Association of Development OrganizationsLessons Learned• Problems not generalizable across neighboring towns• Data collection was overwhelming• Need to develop and refine processes during blue-sky periods• Damage assessment form revised 4 times 32
  32. 32. National Association of Development OrganizationsNext Steps for Vermont• More disaster planning, including incident command response training for all RPCs• Full understanding of emergency operation center functions by all public officials• Defining roles and funding sources by agreements during blue-sky periods 33
  33. 33. National Association of Development OrganizationsNext Steps for Vermont• Fluvial erosion studies, climate discussions influencing local and state system planning• Switch to Fluvial Erosion Hazard mapping, beyond basic floodplain mapping• Assist localities with identifying vulnerable parcels and infrastructure, alternatives 34
  34. 34. National Association of Development OrganizationsWhere are they now?• Many roads and bridges re-opened by Dec 2011• Largest transportation budget in state’s history signed May 2012• 2012 construction season saw more recovery, more resiliency improvements• Ongoing resiliency, funding discussions at state and local levels 35
  35. 35. National Association of Development Organizations Photo courtesy of Southern Windsor County RPCSpecial thanks:Kate Humphrey, Cooley LLP; Tom Kennedy and Katharine Otto,SWCRPC; Pam Brangan and Michele Boomhower, CCRPC; PeterGregory and Rita Seto, TRORC; Catherine Dimitruk and ShawnColeman, NWRPC; Greg Riley, VTrans; Kevin Adderly, FHWA 36
  36. 36. National Association of Development OrganizationsAdditional ResourcesCarrie Kisselckissel@nado.org | 202.624.8829www.NADO.orgwww.RuralTransportation.orgwww.Facebook.com/RPOAmericaTwitter @RPOAmerica

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