U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Washington, DC 20590
The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a core Federal-aid program with the purpose of achieving a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. Under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), approximately seven percent of total Federal-aid highway funding is provided for HSIP, amounting to $2.2 billion each year. HSIP funds can be used on any public road or pathway, including those owned by local governments and Tribes. The objective is to target resources where they will be most effective–with a focus on performance.
The HSIP includes the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), Railway-Highway Crossing Program, and the resulting program of highway safety improvement projects. Successful implementation of these principles will contribute to a reduction in fatalities and serious injuries consistent with the purpose of the HSIP and the new performance-based program requirements.
Successful implementation of these principles will contribute to a reduction in fatalities and serious injuries consistent with the purpose of the HSIP and the new performance-based program requirements.
Highway safety improvement projects can be either infrastructure or noninfrastructure projects. Noninfrastructure projects include any project that does not result in construction (e.g., road safety audits, enforcement, data improvements). All highway safety improvement projects must meet the HSIP eligibility criteria described in the MAP-21 HSIP Interim Eligibility Guidance. Additional resources describing noninfrastructure project requirements is available here.
To ensure limited HSIP funds are used effectively and efficiently, following is some additional information on the criteria for selecting an eligible HSIP project, strategy, or activity:
The HSIP legislation under 23 U.S.C. 148 provides a list of example highway safety improvement projects that may be eligible for HSIP funding. However, specific eligibility requirements may differ by State, so it is a good idea to check with the State DOT. In general, if a project meets the eligibility criteria outlined above, then it would be eligible for HSIP funds as long as it also meets general Federal-aid requirements.
The key to funding any highway safety improvement project is identifying individual projects through a data-driven process consistent with the State's SHSP and the true spirit of the HSIP.
Use this checklist when considering HSIP project selection.
Answering "Yes" to each of these questions is critical to ensuring the best use of HSIP funds consistent with the intent of the law.