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Va forum set on geohazards' transportation impact

Tuesday - 7/30/2013, 3:38am  ET

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- Engineers, geologists and transportation planners are meeting at James Madison University for a conference to discuss the impact of geohazards on transportation.

The Appalachian States Coalition for Geohazards in Transportation forum is being coordinated by Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences.

The three-day event is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Harrisonburg.

Officials say members of the coalition meet annually to share information about rock falls and landslides along highways, seismic activity and hazard-prone areas impacting transportation.

They'll also discuss risk assessment and emergency response.

Members include the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corp., the Federal Highway Administration and the departments of transportation and state geological surveys in Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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