Strategic Intersection Safety Program Guide

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Publication No. FHWA-SA-09-004

FHWA Contact: Ed Rice, HSSD, 202-366-9064

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This Strategic Intersection Safety Program Guide serves as a tool to assist agencies at the State and local levels in developing strategic, systematic approaches for planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining an intersection safety program. This guide provides a step by step process for a strategic intersection safety program, including steps for the development of specific intersection safety action plans. It can assist in the development of the intersection-related portions of a State Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and assist local agencies in aligning their intersection safety programs with the SHSP intersection safety goals. This guide also provides insights for how a strategic process for improving intersection safety can influence the selection of future projects that have measurable safety outcomes, such as reduction of specific crash types that help achieve strategic goals.

This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for the use of the information contained in this document.The U.S. Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trademarks or manufacturers' names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the objective of the document.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures

Chapter 1.

Chapter 2.
Establishing a Strategic Intersection Safety Program
Role of an SHSP in a Strategic Intersection Safety Program

Chapter 3.
Strategic Intersection Safety Program Process
Step A—Identify Key Stakeholders
Step B—Identify Intersection Safety Needs
Step C—Adopt Strategic Intersection Safety Goals
Step D—Identify Intersection Safety Action Plans Needed
Step E—Develop Intersection Performance-Based Goals
Step F—Select Intersection Safety Improvement Strategies and Countermeasures.
Step G—Determine Implementation Priorities
Step H—Select Candidate Sites
Step I—Define Intersection Safety Projects
Step J—Identify Appropriate Funding Sources
Step K—Implement Funded Projects
Step L—Conduct Effectiveness Evaluation

Chapter 4. Summary

Chapter 5. References

List of Tables

Table 1. Crash Severity Levels Considered in Overall SHSP Goals
Table 2. Crash Severity Levels Considered in SHSP Intersection Goals
Table 3. Intersection-Related Emphasis Areas Included in SHSPs
Table 4. Intersection-Related Strategy Categories Included in SHSPs
Table 5. Intersection Traffic Control Strategies and Countermeasures Included in SHSPs
Table 6. Intersection Geometric Design Strategies and Countermeasures Included in SHSPs
Table 7. Additional Intersection-Related Engineering Strategies and Countermeasures Included in SHSPs
Table 8. Intersection-Related Education, Enforcement, and EMS Strategies Included in SHSPs

List of Figures

Figure 1. Chart. Distribution of Intersection Fatal Crashes
Figure 2. Photo. Bicycles and Pedestrians Crossing Intersections
Figure 3. Photo. Signalized Intersection
Figure 4. Chart. SHSP Relationship to Other Planning Documents
Figure 5. Photo. Logo of Maryland SHSP
Figure 6. Photo. Cover of NCHRP Report 501
Figure 7. Chart. Process for Developing an Intersection Safety Program
Figure 8. Photo. Stakeholder Group
Figure 9. Photo. Section of a Sample Police Crash Report Form
Figure 10. Photo. Cover of NCHRP Report 500
Figure 11. Photo. SAFETEA-LU Logo
Figure 12. Photo. SafetyAnalyst Logo

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