As part of the study, the state asks frequent highway users to complete a survey about their travels and determine which priorities are most important when it comes to protecting the highway. A final technical report on the study will be published early next year. By the end of 2023, the state will submit grant applications for future projects to address these issues.
“One of our goals at DelDOT is to examine the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on our transportation infrastructure and to integrate resilient and sustainable mitigation measures into planning, design, construction and maintenance of our projects as the lowest state,” she said.
Majeski testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday during a hearing on how states are implementing infrastructure legislation passed by Congress last year.
“As the lowest state, Delaware sees firsthand the effects of climate change and sea level rise,” she told the committee. “We estimate that $1 billion of our existing infrastructure is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.”
She pointed to Governor John Carney’s climate action plan introduced last year as part of how the state is working to both reduce its contributions to climate change and prepare for its impact.