Texas Transportation Planning for Future Renewable Energy Projects: Final Report

There will be a significant increase in the number of renewable energy production facilities in Texas. The construction of wind farms requires the transport of wind turbine components that create increased loads on rural roads and bridges. These rural roads and bridges are typically not designed for such loads. This will result in a greater burden on the transportation infrastructure in Texas. Given the upward trend in wind energy production, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is looking to plan for the impacts of future renewable energy projects on roads while facilitating the development of new renewable projects in and around Texas. The Center for Transportation Research (CTR) created an operational planning tool that TxDOT can use to propose route plans for wind turbine components passing along Texas routes and develop recommendations for planning construction of new wind farms as well as maintenance strategies for the roads.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 93p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01634917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-16/0-6850-1, Report No. 0-6850-1
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6850
  • Created Date: May 17 2017 5:37PM