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HSM Implementation Guide for Managers - Foreword

HSM Implementation Guide for Managers


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2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Highway Safety Manual Guide for Managers

5. Report Date

September 2011

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Tim Neuman (CH2M HILL) and Ida van Schalkwyk (CH2M HILL).

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9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
100 CambridgePark Drive, Suite 400
Cambridge, MA 02140

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12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA: Esther Strawder, Office of Safety (COTM)

16. Abstract

This guide is intended for managers of departments of transportation (DOT) charged with leading and managing agency programs impacting the project development process and safety programs. This guide is based on lessons learned from early adopters of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM), many of whom are participating in the AASHTO’s Lead State Initiative. It outlines what the HSM is (and is not), how it relates to other core technical documents and policies, and the potential benefits of its use. These benefits can be broadly understood as a means to improve the safety performance of their highway system. In this context the improvement of safety is defined as a reduction in fatalities and injuries. The guide is written in three sections – Introduction to the HSM, HSM Implementation Considerations, and HSM Implementation Opportunities in Program Development and Project Delivery.

17. Key Words

safety, Highway Safety Manual, HSM, HSM implementation

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22. Price


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