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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

State Policies and Procedures on Use of the Highway Safety Manual

fhwasa16119.pdf (1.35 MB)


September 2016


This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for the use of the information contained in this document. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. The U.S. Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trademarks or manufacturers' names may appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the objective of the document.

Quality Assurance Statement

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides high-quality information to serve Government, industry, and the public in a manner that promotes public understanding. Standards and policies are used to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of its information. FHWA periodically reviews quality issues and adjusts its programs and processes for continuous quality improvement.

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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

State Policies and Procedures on Use of the Highway Safety Manual

5. Report Date

September 2016

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Robert E. Hull, P.E.
Elizabeth Wemple, P.E.
Joseph Fish
Kimberly Kolody Silverman, P.E.
Dante Perez-Bravo

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
555 12th Street, Suite 1600
Oakland, CA 94607

8501 West Higgins Road, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60631-2801

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

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

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Informational Report, September 2015 to September 2016

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

The FHWA task managers for this report were Ray Krammes and Jerry Roche. The Highway Safety Manual Implementation Pooled-Fund Study (TPF-5(255)) funded this project. Pooled-fund State representatives served as reviewers.

16. Abstract

The 2010 publication of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM), 1st Edition, by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) was an important milestone in advancing the quality of safety analyses supporting highway investment decision making. One impediment to progress that will be addressed in this informational report is the lack of State policy on the use of the HSM in those processes. The States participating in the HSM Implementation Pooled-Fund Study (TPF-5(255)) identified the need for a compilation and synthesis of existing State policies and development of sample policy and procedures language covering a range of activities in which use of the HSM would be beneficial. The State Policies and Procedures on Use of the Highway Safety Manual Informational Report was created to present sample language as generalized statements adapted from noteworthy examples of existing language in State DOT manuals and policies. For States in which integrating the HSM into typical agency practices has been slower than desired, the informational report provides a starting point that can accelerate efforts to develop and adopt policies and procedures to support implementation of the HSM.

17. Key Words

Highway Safety Manual, policy, procedure, transportation planning, programming, design, engineering, design exception, operations, maintenance, safety management, predictive method, Louisiana, Washington.

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