The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina found transportation engineers in need of serious long-term infrastructure planning for roadways, maritime ports, and airports as this article describes. The emergency bids for reconstruction are for quite a few damaged structures, including Alabama’s Cochrane-Africatown U.S.A. bridge, several ramp and bridge spans of U.S. 98 and I-10, and, in Mississippi, a completely destroyed bridge along U.S. 90. The article describes these repairs as crucial for relief efforts in the region, citing the reopening of one-way ship traffic on the Mississippi River which allowed the Port of New Orleans to prepare for military relief vessels. The port expects that two of their four gantry cranes will be operational once power is restored to their facilities. New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong Airport had, ironically, just finished an $83 million airport reconstruction project before Hurricane Katrina hit. However, some of their upgrades, such as new elevated concrete and polystyrene sections, that the airport recently built actually made the difference in the speed with which runways were made operational for relief efforts.

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    • Page range: pp 20, 22
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    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Cho, A
    • Powers, M
  • Publication Date: 2005-9-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 2p
  • Serial:
    • ENR
    • Volume: 255
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0891-9526

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  • Accession Number: 01005604
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2005 2:04PM