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These pictures, shared by Eng. Josué Cruz, ITS Program Manager from the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority (PRHTA), show how the
intelligent transportation system (ITS) equipment was affected by hurricane María and the current status, which is the reason the Traffic Management
Center (TMC) is not operating to its full capacity. Since the ITS system still has no communication with the TMC, PRHTA does not know the full extent of
the damage to the whole ITS system (CCTV, vehicle detectors, etc.). PRHTA's current priority is to restore the traffic signals.  
be more than 50,000 people without electric power! Another difficult
and unexpected experience for people during María was the lack
of communications. 1 The entire island was cut off from communication through cellphones, the internet, and telephones; the only
form of communication available was through the one-and-only
radio station. In the first days following María, the radio station
was sharing government information from public officials visiting
the station. As communications to the exterior parts of the Island
became available, the available radio stations started sharing calls
from desperate families in the United States and other countries.
Just imagine not having any contact with your loved ones and
receiving media information about the devastation on the Island,
with no airports, no flights, no text messages, no internet calls,
nothing! Locals had each other, but our loved ones in the exterior of
the Island who could not reach them were going crazy! Locals were
the first responders through their communities; neighbors took
leadership in removing debris, clearing clogged drainage structures,
and supporting each other physically and emotionally. The extent of
the damages caused by these hurricanes is still evident, especially in
the housing, health, and highway infrastructure.2,3
The transportation infrastructure received damage in several
ways. The number of collapsed bridges (29), approach slabs (40),
and landslides (more than 40,000) affected the transportation of
emergency relief support, water, fuel, and other essential goods.4

At the Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes
Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit, there will be the following
session on August 22, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN, USA:
You Can Plan for It, But...Lessons Learned from Disaster
Response and Event Management
Transportation departments are faced with planning and
implementing traffic control strategies for special events in
coordination with public safety agencies. The scale and scope of
these can be relatively predictable, but other times, no amount
of planning seems to be enough for a large scale emergency.
Hear perspectives and post event evaluation of successes and
opportunities to improve.
The Impact to the Transportation Infrastructure in
Puerto Rico Due to the Direct Impact of Hurricane
Maria: Lessons Learned
Presented by Benjamin Colucci-Rios, Ph.D., Director, Puerto Rico
LTAP, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
and past president of the ITE-Puerto Rico Section
Look for follow-up articles on this topic in upcoming
issues of ITE Journal that will include highlights from
this session as well as ongoing updates on Puerto
Rico's hurricane recovery efforts.

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