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US Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Subject: ACTION: Eligibility of Federal-aid Funds for Safety Countermeasures
From: Associate Administrator for Safety and System Applications
To: Division Administrators
Date: September 28, 1998
Reply to Attn. of: HHS-10
As the division offices focus with States to identify their State's priority safety initiatives, a number of questions have been raised regarding the use of Federal-aid funds for certain counlenneasures. This memorandum provides guidance on the use of funds for those activities.
Federal-aid highway and State and Community Highway Safety Grant Program (23 U.S.C. Section 402) funds may be used to improve intersection and highway-rail grade crossing safety througb better identification of such problem locations and compliaoce with traffic control devices, such as traffic and highway-rail signals, signs, and pavement markings. The following are examples of activities eligible for Federal funds:
In addition, Federal-aid funds can be used for the following activities:
If electronic RLR countermeasures capital investment is undertaken, we recommend that the initiative be continued for a minimum of2 years, or sooner, if the investment meets its intended purpose. Federal-aid funds can not be used to pay enforcement personnel employed in the issuing or processing of RLR traffic tickets. As with all safety countenneasure efforts, agencies using Federal-aid STP funds for the purchase ofRLR equipment should demonstrate--during the project development stage--how the infonnation gathered will be used to improve driver compliance and reduce the number andlor severity of traffic crashes.
In addition, changes in traffic control systems at one intersection or highway-rail grade crossing often result in shifting or creating a new problem at other locations. Therefore, agencies interested in implementing RLR countenneasures are encouraged to develop system-wide implementation plans and evaluations.
Hope this information is useful in support of your highway safety programs. Please contact Ms. Mila Plosky (202-366-6902) in the Office of Highway Safety, if you have any questions.
Dennis C. Judycki
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