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Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety


August 2013


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1. Report No.
2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient’s Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle
Assessment of Local Road Safety Funding, Training, and Technical Assistance
5. Report Date
August 2013
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)
Danena Gaines, Ph.D., Nicole Waldheim, Susan Herbel, Ph.D.
8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address

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

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Office of Safety
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Technical Report
9-21-2010 through 7-30-13

14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes
16. Abstract

The purpose of this report is to summarize State DOT practices for delivering safety funding and resources to local entities for road safety improvement projects. These practices were identified in large part through a questionnaire administered to State DOTs during this assessment. This report identifies model local road safety practices that can be implemented by State DOTs, local practitioners (i.e., public works directors, transportation directors, county engineers, transportation planners, and elected officials), Local Technical Assistance Programs (LTAP), and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) in any State.

17. Key Words
Local road safety, off-system safety, local technical assistance program (LTAP)
18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions
19. Security Classif. (of this report)
20. Security Classif. (of this page)
21. No. of Pages
22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)   Reproduction of completed pages authorized

Table of Contents


Executive Summary

Resources and Information

Training and Development

Technical Assistance

Project Implementation

1.0 Introduction and Overview

1.1 Background

1.2 Purpose

1.3 Local Road Safety Challenges

1.4 The Role of State DOTs in Local Road Safety

2.0 Assessment Methodology

2.1 Questionnaire

2.2 Interviews

3.0 Local Road Safety Program Resources and Support

3.1 Resources and Information

3.2 Training and Development

3.3 Technical Assistance

3.4 Project Implementation

4.0 Agency Success Highlights

4.1 Benefit/Cost Tool and Local Road Safety Manual

4.2 Crash Data Analysis Tools

4.3 Ohio LTAP/DOT/County Engineers Association of Ohio Partnership

4.4 Louisiana – DOTD/LTAP Partnership and Coordination with SHSP and Regional Team Implementation Process

4.5 Florida DOT District 7 Local Safety Programs

4.6 Nebraska County Sign Installation Program

4.7 Ohio Township Sign Safety Program

4.8 Tennessee Local Roads Safety Initiative

4.9 Florida District 7 Design-Build Push-Button Contracts

5.0 Summary

A. Appendix

A.1 Assessment of Local Road Safety Funding, Training, and Technical Assistance Questionnaire Respondents

A.2 Assessment and Delivery of Safety Funding at the Local Level Questionnaire

B. Local Road Safety References and Resources

B.1 Reports and Guidance

B.2 Local Rural Road Owners Manuals

B.3 Other Safety Resources

C. Local Road Safety Checklists

C.1 Organizational Checklist

C.2 Data Checklist

C.3 Training and Technical Assistance Checklist

C.4 Funding Checklist

C.5 Program Administration Checklist

List of Tables

Table 1.1 Characteristics of Support Levels

Table 3.1 Availability of Local Crash Data in State Traffic Records Databases

Table 3.2 Entities Providing Local Road Safety Training

Table 3.3 Entities Providing Local Road Safety Technical Assistance

Table 3.4 Entity or Unit Providing Local Safety Support

Table 3.5 Number of States Reporting Strategies to Streamline Process

Table 3.6 Agency Providing Local Road Safety Support Personnel

List of Figures

Figure 1.1 DOT Local Road Safety Program Organization

Figure 1.2 Levels of State DOT Local Road Safety Support

Figure 3.1 Number of States with Local Road Safety Set-Asides

Figure 3.2 Total Reported Local Road Safety Spending FY 2009, 2010, 2011

Figure 3.3 Criteria Used to Select Set-Asides for Safety Funding

Figure 3.4 Number of States Obligating Funds to Local Safety FY 2009, 2010, 2011

Figure 3.5 Number of States Providing Local Safety Project Funding Incentives

Figure 3.6 Methods for Local Safety Project Selection

Figure 4.1 TIMS B/C Calculator

Figure 4.2 GCAT Crash Data Map

Figure 4.3 LA LTAP Slide Developed for Regional Safety Coalition

Figure 4.4 LTAP Led RSA for the South Central Transportation Safety Coalition

Figure 4.5 Before and After Photos of Sign Installation

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