Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On Friday, March 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register to update the existing Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) requirements under 23 CFR Part 924. All public comments on the HSIP NPRM (FHWA-13-0019 ) should be submitted to the docket at before May 27, 2014 for consideration in the development of the HSIP Final Rule.  A summary of the HSIP NPRM major provisions, supplemental materials, information on webinars and other useful links are provided below.

Major Provisions

The HSIP NPRM addresses provisions in MAP-21 and incorporates clarifications to better explain existing regulatory language.  Specifically, the HSIP NPRM proposes to amend DOT's regulations to remove provisions that were eliminated under MAP-21 (e.g. High Risk Rural Roads Program, 10% Flexibility Provision, Transparency Report).  This rule also proposes to amend DOT's regulations to address MAP-21 provisions that require DOT to establish:

  • A subset of roadway data elements that are useful to the inventory of roadway safety
  • A State Strategic Highway Safety Plan update cycle
  • An HSIP report content and schedule

The rule also proposes changes to be consistent with the safety transportation performance management requirements proposed under the companion Safety Performance Measures NPRM (FHWA-2013-0020) that was published earlier this month. The Safety Performance Measures NPRM proposes safety performance measures and State DOT and MPO requirements for establishing and reporting specific annual targets for the purposes of carrying out the HSIP.

Supplemental Materials

To assist review of the NPRMs, FHWA has prepared summary information for the HSIP NPRM. This information does not replace the contents of the NRPM; rather, it serves as a high level summary. You are strongly encouraged to read the NPRM in its entirety to fully understand FHWA's proposals. Summary information for the Safety Performance Measures NPRM is available at

HSIP NPRM Overview Presentation
The HSIP NPRM overview presentation provides a detailed overview of the NPRM, both of the major provisions, and a section-by-section crosswalk of proposed changes.

HSIP NPRM Summary Sheet
The HSIP NPRM summary sheet is a high level summary of the HSIP NPRM proposed major changes.

Safety NPRMs Summary Sheet
The Safety NRPMs summary sheet provides a summary of the proposed key provisions and other useful information for the HSIP and Safety Performance Measures NPRMs.


FHWA will host outreach webinars to introduce the HSIP NPRM to the public, as follows:

MAP-21 Performance Measures: Highway Safety & HSIP Proposed Rules
Hosted by Geospatial Transportation Mapping Association
Thursday, May 15, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
View the recording here.  
Download PPT slides here.

Hosted by FHWA
Monday, March 31, 2014
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (EDT)
View the recording here: here

Useful Links

Additional information on MAP-21, HSIP, and TPM is available at the websites below.


Highway Safety Improvement Program

Transportation Performance Management

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Program Contact

Karen Scurry

(609) 637-4207

What's New

Web-based HSIP Courses
Five new web-based courses related to the HSIP are available from the National Highway Institute

Integrating Road Safety into NEPA Analysis: A Primer for Safety and Environmental Professionals:
    • Brochure
    • Report

New Manual for Selecting Safety Treatments on High Risk Rural Roads

NEW Saving Lives Together: The Highway Safety and EMS Connection

NEW Strategic Highway Safety Plans: A Champion's Guidebook to Saving Lives, Second Edition

HSIP Self Assessment Tool

Highway Safety Improvement Program – Project Eligibility

Strategic Highway Safety Plan – Leadership that Saves Lives

Strategic Highway Safety Plan – Get Involved!

HSIP Noteworthy Practice Series

P2P – Integrating Local Planning Organizations into a State HSIP

SHSP Implementation Process Model Interactive CD

HSIP Manual

HSIP Assessment Toolbox

SHSP IPM – The Essential Eight – Fundamental Elements and Effective Steps for SHSP Implementation

SHSP IPM Supplement Number 1 – Case Studies

A Primer on Safety Performance Measures for the Transportation Planning Process

Data and Safety Analysis Tools Brochure