Seismic Vulnerability & Emergency Response Analyses of UDOT Lifelines

Earthquakes damage transportation infrastructure. In addition to replacement and repair costs for damage to transportation structures, large earthquakes can increase time delays resulting from a network component's loss of function. Damage to the network can severely disrupt traffic flows for several months or years. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recognizes the risks posed by these hazards and initiated this analysis. Impacts on road users can be estimated in terms of user costs from travel time delay. This report presents estimated traffic disruption user delay costs resulting from two earthquake scenarios in Utah. The VISUM traffic macro-simulation model was used to estimate the delay-based user costs. Road segments, which are vulnerable yet critical to detour traffic following an earthquake, are prioritized for rehabilitation. The calculated user costs show that the Taylorsville Scenario would incur $65 million, which is significantly lower than the Wasatch Scenario of $1,312 billion. Links that are susceptible to damage in one scenario, but critical in carrying detour traffic for the other scenario, are defined as lifelines. A shortlist of lifelines is provided for each earthquake scenario with detailed information, including names, directions, and addresses.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    122 South Central Campus Drive
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112

    Utah Department of Transportation

    4501 South 2700 West
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8410

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Authors:
    • Stevanovic, Aleksandar
    • Nadimpalli, Bhagavan
  • Publication Date: 2010-4


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80p

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  • Accession Number: 01156664
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC Report No. 10-217
  • Created Date: May 14 2010 4:16PM