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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 countermeasures. 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 through better identification of such problem locations and compliance 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 of 2 years, or sooner, if the investment meets its intended purpose. Federal-aid funds cannot be used to pay enforcement personnel employed in the issuing or processing of RLR traffic tickets. As with all safety countermeasure efforts, agencies using Federal-aid STP funds for the purchase of RLR equipment should demonstrate–during the project development stage–how the information gathered will be used to improve driver compliance and reduce the number and/or 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 countermeasures 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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