Innovative Tools and Techniques in Identifying Highway Safety Improvement Projects

Federal legislation established the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), which requires states to develop and implement a strategic highway safety plan (SHSP) that aims to address highway safety problems. As part of the SHSP, agencies are expected to establish priorities that will help to achieve reductions in fatal and serious injury crashes on all public roads. According to the Texas SHSP, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) must process crash data, analyze highway safety problems, identify appropriate countermeasures, and prioritize proposed improvements. The current safety project selection process at TxDOT suffers from certain limitations such as lack of consistent site selection procedures, limited tools to systematically screen candidate sites for safety improvement, and large demands on staff manpower resources. This research shall develop innovative tools and techniques that will allow TxDOT not only to minimize the amount of time and resources required to identify highway safety projects but also to spend safety funds in the most cost-effective manner. To accomplish this goal, researchers shall develop a process of analyzing and visualizing crash data; generate a series of visualization products that will be used in the context of the 2016 and 2017 HSIPs; develop a framework that will encompass a suite of tools and techniques that are specifically targeted toward reliable and consistent safety project identification; test and evaluate the effectiveness of these tools; and develop implementation strategies.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Jensen, Darrin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Tsapakis, Ioannis

  • Start Date: 20160101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01618969
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6912
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 20 2016 2:51PM