Adapting Transportation Infrastructure to Climate Change

To ensure transportation infrastructure is resilient and adapted to the effects of climate change including extreme weather events, we must look beyond historical information to future trends and what they might mean for British Columbia.

With contributions from key partners such as the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and Engineers Canada and their Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Protocol, the Province has undertaken initiatives to evaluate and address potential effects of climate change on transportation infrastructure, such as roads and bridges. Additional guidance and examples for including climate change considerations in transportation infrastructure engineering design work have been developed in collaboration with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C.

These activities will ensure B.C.'s transportation infrastructure remains resilient, reliable, effective and efficient – and adapted to future climate conditions.

Transportation Infrastructure Engineering Design

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure requires that potential impacts of climate change be considered in transportation infrastructure engineering design so that B.C.'s transportation infrastructure is adapted to climate changes. A climate language primer was also developed to clarify concepts and principles typically used in climate sciences.

Highway Transportation – Best Practices & Vulnerability Studies

Through a number of climate and extreme weather vulnerability studies, the Province has developed best practice guidance to address potential climate change impacts on B.C.'s highway infrastructure, ensuring a resilient transportation system adapted to extreme weather and other climate change effects.