June 23, 2023

The Rising Threat to Critical Infrastructure

With experts warning that 60,000 miles of U.S. roads could be submerged in the coming decades, the urgency to address the impact of rising sea levels on critical infrastructure cannot be overstated. The Florida Keys, already experiencing the effects of climate change, face substantial risks due to their exposure to the ocean. In 2019, the islands endured 82 consecutive days of flooding, highlighting the immediate need for action.

The Role of Charley Toppino & Sons

Charley Toppino & Sons has emerged as a key player in confronting the challenges posed by climate change in the Florida Keys. As a full-service contractor specializing in infrastructure projects such as bridges and roadways, we are at the forefront of efforts to sustain critical infrastructure in the region. Our expertise and commitment to innovation makes us well-equipped to tackle the complex task of adapting the Florida Keys’ infrastructure to rising sea levels.

Investing in Resiliency

One crucial aspect of our contribution to sustaining critical infrastructure is our commitment to investing in resiliency measures. Recognizing the need for proactive solutions, we work closely with local communities and government agencies to develop comprehensive plans. These plans include raising roads to mitigate flood risks, protecting against erosion and wave energy, and implementing measures to dry floodproof critical infrastructure and residential buildings.

Partnerships and Collaborations

We understand the importance of collaboration in addressing the magnitude of the challenges faced by the Florida Keys. We actively engage with government agencies, environmental organizations, and local stakeholders to foster partnerships that drive innovative solutions. By leveraging this expertise and knowledge, we contribute to a collective effort to protect the region’s critical infrastructure.

Government Support and Funding

Recognizing the urgent need for action, the U.S. government has taken steps to support infrastructure resiliency projects in the Florida Keys. In December 2022, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received approval to implement the Coastal Texas Program, which aims to build multiple lines of defense against hurricanes, storms, and rising sea levels. This program, along with the authorization of a $2.6 billion coastal storm and sea-level rise infrastructure resiliency project in the Florida Keys, demonstrates the commitment to safeguarding critical infrastructure.

Innovative Solutions for the Future of the Florida Keys

As the threat of rising sea levels continues to loom, the preservation and sustainability of critical infrastructure become paramount. At Charley Toppino & Sons, we will continue to play a vital role in developing and implementing innovative solutions to ensure the resilience of the region’s infrastructure.