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Coastal Highways Planning & Design Issues

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This four-hour online course serves as an entry level primer for the planning and design of highways in the coastal environment. Coastal highways are influenced by tides and storms and have unique planning issues. The course includes coastal revetment design, planning and alternatives for highways that are threatened by coastal erosion and roads that overwash in storms. Also included are coastal bridge issues such as wave loads on bridge decks.

This course should serve as a guide to assist engineers in understanding the natural coastal processes for highway planning and design. It should assist persons without experience in coastal engineering to understand and apply approaches unique to the coasts. It should also serve as reference in providing consultation and analysis for highway projects in a constantly changing environment. The influence of and principles of tides, waves, sediment processes, wave loads and runup are explained. Basics of sand are discussed to better understand the influence natural processes of sand transport and engineered projects have on coastal land forms.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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