Implementing the High Risk Rural Roads Program

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This document contains findings from research and subsequent follow-up to States' implementation of the High Risk Rural Roads Program (HRRRP) within the context of States' programs and policies. Resources and practices listed are for informational purposes and for consideration in implementing the HRRRP. The inclusion of State resources and practices in this document does not imply validation or endorsement by FHWA Office of Safety. If any information in this document is in conflict with the May 19, 2006, FHWA HRRRP guidance memo, the memo is still considered the official FHWA guidance.

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List of Abbreviations

Executive Summary

1. Introduction

1.1 High Risk Rural Road Program
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Obligation of HRRRP Funds

2. National Overview of Rural Roadway Crashes

3. Challenges to HRRRP Implementation

3.1 Crash Data Collection, Analysis and Use
3.2 Project Selection
3.3 Local Agency Issues
3.4 Administration and Policies

4. State Practices for Implementation

4.1 Crash Data Collection, Analysis and Use
4.2 Project Selection
4.3 Local Agency Coordination
4.4 Administration and Policies

5. State Case Studies

6. Summary

List of Tables & Figures

Figure 1: HRRRP Funds Available for Obligation
Figure 2: Percent of Available HRRRP Funds Obligated
Figure 3: Percent Rural Miles of Total Roadway Miles
Figure 4: Urban/Rural Traffic Fatality Rates
Table 1: Total Traffic Fatalities: Urban vs. Rural


A – 23 U.S.C. §148 (a)(3)(B) Sample List of Construction and Operational Improvements
B – Stakeholder Feedback Questions
C – Functional System Mileage by Ownership
D – HRRRP Resources
E – HRRRP State Contacts
F – 23 U.S.C. §148 (f) High Risk Rural Roads Program
G – Project Application Example
H – HRRRP Project Solicitation Example
I – Local Agency Involvement Process
J – Public Interest Finding Request Example

For More Information

James Dahlem
FHWA Office of Safety

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Washington, DC 20590

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