White Paper on Alternate Strategies for Safety Improvement Investments

In many states (especially rural states) the predominance of traffic fatalities take place in rural locations (out-side of urbanized areas) for a variety of reasons. However, because traffic volumes are much lower on rural roads the crash frequencies at rural locations don't reach the number of crashes or crash severity at single location to trigger a "black spot" safety improvement. Hence, most black spots are likely to be in urban areas or densely traveled corridors and the majority of fatalities are likely to be in rural area with low traffic volume location. To ultimately improve all road safety, statewide, black spot analysis and systematic improvements must both be addressed. Because this systematic improvement is relatively new concept in the US, agencies are only now beginning to apply systematic improvements and have questions regarding how much of their safety budgets should be devoted to each and how to achieve the greatest safety improvement give available resources. The objective of this project is to prepare a synthesis of both types of analysis and examine agencies that have applied both to better understand the trade-offs. The project tasks include: (1) Prepare a draft of a detailed outline of the White Paper, including section titles, subtitles and writing assignments. Submit the draft outline to the Panel for review. (2) Prepare a draft survey of practice focused on the State's practices relative to safety improvement program development and investment. Submit the draft survey to the Project Panel for review. (3) Prepare draft write-ups for the four selected case studies.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $60198.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 17-18(19)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    CH2M Hill, Incorporated

    8501 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300
    Chicago, IL  United States  60631-
  • Principal Investigators:

    Preston, Howard

  • Start Date: 20081027
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26097

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01463970
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 17-18(19)
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:33PM