Briefings and Training Materials for Implementation of the Highway Safety Manual, Second Edition

The National Cooperative Research Program currently has a project underway updating the First Edition AASHTO Highway Safety Manual (HSM) as NCHRP Project 17-71, “Proposed AASHTO Highway Safety Manual, Second Edition.” The HSM Second Edition will integrate updates from several associated research projects as well as other related HSM guidance documents and publications into the new HSM. While the Second Edition of the HSM is not intended to be a complete rewrite of the First Edition, the HSM will undergo significant changes in content and organization. The HSM provides the best information and tools to facilitate roadway planning, design, operations, and maintenance decisions based on explicit consideration of their safety consequences. In addition, the HSM presents a summary of knowledge on the safety effects of various roadway designs and operations in a form that users can readily apply. It also describes effective techniques for safety management of a roadway system and present state-of-the-art approaches to evaluation of the safety effectiveness of implemented projects. While the work to develop and publish the Second Edition of the HSM is underway, a significant and concurrent effort is needed to develop guidance for highway-agency management on the appropriate application of the HSM, as well as training for engineers and planners on using the HSM. The HSM, Second Edition will provide a major opportunity for advancing the state of highway safety practice through its application and incorporation into engineering practice. Briefings, training materials, and an implementation framework need to be developed and coordinated with the release of the HSM, Second Edition. The objectives of this research are to develop: (1) A comprehensive HSM modular training course and electronic-based training based on chapters and/or technical use cases, such as, but not limited to, planning phase, project development, design alternatives and exceptions. The training course should be flexible and in formats such as instructor based and self-taught based, and adaptable for engineering and planning disciplines, experience level, and course duration. (2) A package of electronic analysis tools building on existing available tools to illustrate and support use of the HSM, Second Edition. These tools should be incorporated in the modular training course. (3) Briefing materials for implementing the HSM, Second Edition within a transportation agency intended for a managerial and executive-level audience. The briefing materials shall be adaptable to a varied audience, including AASHTO Committees, and a variety of organizations.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $500000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 17-83

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Deng, Zuxuan

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27514
  • Principal Investigators:

    Raghavan, Srinivasan

  • Start Date: 20171212
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230312
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40848

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01598997
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 17-83
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 12 2016 2:14PM