Welcome to the FHWA Safety ProgramThe focus of the FHWA Safety Program is to ensure safer roadways The FHWA Office of Safety works with Federal, State and Local partners and others in the transportation community to develop and promote programs and technologies to improve the safety performance of our Nation’s roadways to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries (safety facts). Safety should be integrated into all programs and projects and considered every time and during every stage from development to completion. This office provides decision-makers the tools, resources, and information necessary to make sound safety investment decisions
The Office of Safety's mission is: Exercising leadership throughout the highway community to make the Nation's roadways safer by:
New! FHWA Congratulates the 2013 National Roadway Safety Award Winners
Since 1998, FHWA has joined with the Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) biennially to recognize innovative, efficient roadway safety projects and programs that eliminate or sharply reduce highway deaths across the country. Awards are presented in three categories.
FHWA and RSF presented 11 awards and 1 honorable mention at the Roadway Safety Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, in Washington, DC. Read more.
The Office of Safety is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 photo contest. The photos represent successful implementations of the Nine Proven Safety Countermeasures. More than 150 entries were received in ten different categories. Finalists' pictures were displayed at the Office of Safety's exhibition booth at the 2013 Transportation Research Board's (TRB) annual meeting. Final voting took place at the booth by TRB meeting attendees. Winners will also be displayed in the Winter edition of the Office of Safety, Safety Compass e-newsletter.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety has developed a web site with information and resources on the systemic approach to safety, which uses high-risk roadway features correlated with severe crash types to implement low-cost safety countermeasures across a transportation network. It does not replace the site analysis approach, but rather compliments it by providing a more comprehensive and proactive approach to road safety efforts. Read more.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety, Office of Safety Research and Development, and Resource Center Safety and Design Technical Services Team have come together to develop this Safe Roads for a Safer Future – A Joint Safety Strategic Plan (hereafter referred to as the Safety Strategic Plan or SSP). The process brings together these safety units to focus on a common vision: toward zero deaths and serious injuries. read more
This Web site will be your one-stop shop for information on the latest FHWA-recommended set of research-proven safety countermeasures and FHWA guidance on countermeasure considerations.
Many of these countermeasures are low-cost solutions, and FHWA encourages its partners to consider implementing these countermeasures broadly, as appropriate, to reap the benefits of using solutions that are known to save lives. learn more
This Web site contains critical resources that can help roadway safety professionals increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities on the broad range of safety issues encountered in their jobs. The site features:
Including Safety Strategies in the Recovery Act Delivery
The safety of the traveling public and of the workers on the roadway is of utmost concern to the administration. Many safety improvements can be easily and cost effectively incorporated into existing "ready to go" projects without changing the scope or delaying the project. Making small changes to these projects can produce big safety benefits. As an example, incorporating rumble strips into a resurfacing project can cost as little at $600 per mile, and the benefits in terms of reductions in fatalities and serious injuries are dramatic.
Another way to achieve these safety benefits is through "programmatic" or "system-wide" projects that may focus on addressing safety issues in a particular area or corridor. Examples include projects that systemically install proven safety countermeasures such as guardrails, warning signs, striping, rumble strips, rumble stripes, safety edge and median barriers. Click here for more information on these and other proven safety countermeasures. This system-wide approach may be particularly useful to local governments.
Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs) are a good starting point for identifying stand-alone safety projects or enhancements to "ready to go" projects that can be implemented, constructed, and advanced quickly. The Economic Recovery Delivery is an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of these safety action plans, and the sooner these safety features can be put in place, the sooner they will save lives.
Furthermore, many state SHSPs include a data system improvement element. Improved data systems are eligible activities and such projects do not require the intensive planning, design, approvals, and permitting that construction projects do. The Office of Safety and our Field office Safety Specialists are prepared to help advance these important, life-saving, investments. see more info
Web-based HSIP Courses
FHWA is introducing the HSM case study series that highlights noteworthy implementation of HSM methodology.
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