The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Safety Research and Development is dedicated to improving the safety of the Nation’s roadways through innovative research. In support of this goal, the office posted a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting proposals that can leverage the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) safety data to support traffic safety improvements on our roads. We were very encouraged by the large number of proposals received and the diverse participation from State departments of transportation (DOTs). Ultimately, eight proposals were funded for Phase I. Six of these proposals were funded as contracts with FHWA at $100,000 per project and two were funded as cooperative agreements because the proposal included funding support from a State partner. In total, 12 different State DOTs were proposed as partners across the projects, including Alabama, California, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. As a BAA allows for and encourages diversity in the topic areas proposed, we are funding projects that will explore speed and safety relationships, high visibility enforcement, intersection design, rural intersection safety, work zones, vulnerable road users, and crash surrogates. The period of performance for these projects ranges from 9 to 18 months. After this time, some projects will be selected to continue to Phase II, which will include a more indepth analysis leading to a real-world highway safety improvement.
The following table details the topics for the Phase I awards and the partner State DOTs that will be involved in the project.
|Title of the Study||Partner State(s)||Topic|
|Development of Speed-Safety Relationships||Missouri||Speed|
|The Development of New Insights into Driver Behavior to Improve High Visibility Highway Safety Enforcement Programs (HVE)||New York||Enforcement|
|An Examination of Driver and Situational Factors that Affect Driver Red Light Running and Go/No-Go Dilemma-Zone Decisions at High-Speed Signalized Intersections||Alabama|
|Research Utilizing the SHRP2 Safety Data to Support Highway Safety||Iowa|
|Rural Intersection Safety|
|Analysis of SHRP2 Data to Understand Normal and Abnormal Driving Behavior in Work Zones||Michigan||Work Zones|
|Toward a Better Understanding of Vulnerable Road User Safety Issues||Maryland||Vulnerable Road Users|
|Applying the Crash Trifecta Model to an Analysis of Crash Hotspots||Virginia||Crash Surrogates|
|A Multidisciplinary Approach to Investigate Work Zone Safety using SHRP2 Safety Data||Missouri||Work Zones|
For more information, contact Craig Thor, 202-493-3338,