Critical facility accessibility and road criticality assessment considering flood-induced partial failure
Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
This paper examines communities’ accessibility to critical facilities such as hospitals, emergency medical services, and emergency shelters when facing flooding. We use travel speed reduction to account for flood-induced partial road failure. A modified betweenness centrality metric is also introduced to calculate the criticality of roads for connecting communities to critical facilities. The proposed model and metric are applied to the Delaware road network under 100-year floods. This model highlights the severe critical facility access loss risk due to flood isolation of facilities. The mapped post-flooding accessibility suggests a significant travel time increase to critical facilities and reveals disparities among communities, especially for vulnerable groups such as long-term care facility residents. We also identified critical roads that are vital for post-flooding access to critical facilities. The results of this research can help inform targeted infrastructure investment decisions and hazard mitigation strategies that contribute to equitable community resilience enhancement.
This article was originally published in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. The version of record is available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/23789689.2022.2149184
critical facility accessibility, flood-disrupted transportation network, critical road identification
Utkarsh Gangwal, A. R. Siders, Jennifer Horney, Holly A. Michael & Shangjia Dong (2023) Critical facility accessibility and road criticality assessment considering flood-induced partial failure, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 8:sup1, 337-355, DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2022.2149184