Transportation System Recovery, Lessons Learned from Irene: Vermont RPCs

The NADO Research Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Lessons Learned from Irene: Vermont RPCs Address Transportation System Recovery (PDF)’, which profiles the Regional Planning Commissions’ (RPC) efforts to assist Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) with Hurricane Irene recovery. One week after moving into the Caribbean and then striking the U.S. east coast as a Category 1 hurricane, Irene arrived in Vermont on August 27, 2011. The storm caused widespread damage in 223 of the state’s 251 towns and villages. Severe flooding was particularly devastating for transportation infrastructure, requiring the VTrans to take a leading role in the transportation system recovery. The extent of the damage, however, proved too much for a single agency to manage alone. VTrans’ leadership sought help from the state’s 11 regional planning commissions (RPCs) to assume responsibility for assessing needed local road repairs. While the RPCs were well positioned to assist because of their established relationships and networks within the towns, their transportation system recovery activities often went beyond their typical scope of work. The collaboration between VTrans and the RPCs offers lessons for disaster preparedness and recovery, both crucial elements for building more resilient communities.

Click here to view the report on Transportation System Recovery.

The NADO Research Foundation, the nonprofit research affiliate of the National Association of Development Organizations, identifies, studies, and promotes regional solutions and approaches to improving local prosperity and services through the nationwide network of RDOs. For more information or to access these and other reports online, visit or contact Program Manager Carrie Kissell, 202-624-8820 or This report was produced under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) under cooperative agreement 08-79-04379. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily reflect the views of EDA.


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