IMPACT OF FLOOD PLAIN REGULATION ON RAIL TRANSPORTATION

This viewpoint of an engineering and maintenance officer demonstrates concern for the effects of flood plain regulation on the maintenance of existing railroad facilities. It is noted that the regulations generally indicate that maintenance of existing facilities in flood plains will be permitted and that permits to perform routine maintenance work will not be required. The question is asked, however, where routine maintenance stops and constructions (e.g. ditching, widening or raising embankment, etc) that require a permit start. Issues such as reconstruction of facilities, the replacement of trestle with fill, and bridge replacement are discussed. The importance in consistency in regulations is emphasized. It is noted that flood plain regulation will require longer range planning in order to obtain the necessary permits for construction within a flood plain, and they may result in higher first costs. There will be compensating benefits such as the development of relatively fool-proof construction and the not insignificant benefit of management of the entire flood plain.

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  • Accession Number: 00138120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM