September 14, 2018 3:45 PM, EDT

Resilient Infrastructure Is Focus of ARTBA Annual Convention

A U.S. Army helicopter transports material to repair the Guajataca DamA U.S. Army helicopter transports material to repair the Guajataca Dam, damaged during Hurricane Maria, in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Ramon Espinosa/AP)

The potential long-term benefits associated with investing in resilient infrastructure will be examined at the upcoming American Road and Transportation Builders Associations annual convention in New York City.

Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, are scheduled to address the group about themes related to rebuilding freight corridors and communities after weather events.

The convention also will feature keynote addresses by Stephen Flynn, founding director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, and Mike Steep, executive director of Stanford University’s Global Projects Center’s Digital Cities and Emerging Technologies.

A panel discussion titled “State of the Transportation Construction Industry” will include Greg Kelly, president and CEO of WSP USA; Bob Alger, president and CEO of Lane Industries Inc.; Steve Morriss, president of design and consulting services, Americas at AECOM; Richard Cavallaro, CEO of Skanska USA Civil; and Jean Vidal, CEO of Colas USA.

The aftermath of weather events, including Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Maria last year, have prompted transportation officials and city planners to re-examine how they rebuild critical infrastructure.

Myriad studies from federal agencies, academia and stakeholders point to financial savings that could be realized when resilient infrastructure in rebuilding is utilized.

The ARTBA conference will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 3.