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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool

sspst.pdf (8.6 MB)

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety

July 2013


For more information, contact:
Karen Scurry

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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.
2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient’s Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle
Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool
5. Report Date July 2013
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s) Howard Preston, Richard Storm, Jacqueline Dowds Bennett, Beth Wemple 8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
1295 Northland Drive, Suite 200
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
555 12th Street, Suite 1600
Oakland, CA 94607
10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety
400 Seventh Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20590
13. Type of Report and Period Covered Covered
Technical Manual
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes FHWA COTM: Karen Scurry, Office of Safety
Technical working group members: David Brand (Madison County, OH), Tom Bruff (SEMCOG), Aaron Butters (WSDOT), Matthew Enders (WSDOT), Brad Estochen (MnDOT), Terry Hopkins (NCDOT), Keith Knapp (IA LTAP), Kevin Lacy (NCDOT), Rob Limoges (NYSDOT), Tracy Lovell (KYTC), Stephen Lowry (NCDOT), Ken Mammen (NVDOT), Mike Manthey (AZDOT), Ken Mayhew (NCDOT), John Miller (MoDOT), Sue Miller (Freeborn County, MN), Don Petersen (FHWA WA), Joey Riddle (SCDOT), Will Stein (FHWA MN), Christine Thorkildsen (FHWA NY), Marc Thornsberry (FHWA MO), Marie Walsh (LA LTAP)
16. Abstract The Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool presents a process for incorporating systemic safety planning into traditional safety management processes. The Systemic Tool provides a step-by-step process for conducting systemic safety analysis; considerations for determining a reasonable distribution between the implementation of spot safety improvements and systemic safety improvements; and a mechanism for quantifying the benefits of safety improvements implemented through a systemic approach. The tool is intended for use by transportation safety practitioners in state, county, and local government agencies to plan, implement, and evaluate systemic safety improvement programs and projects that best meet their capabilities and needs.
17. Key Words Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), safety management process, systemic safety, risk factor, problem identification, countermeasure identification, project prioritization, Crash Modification Factors (CMF), evaluation 18. Distribution Statement No restrictions
19. Security Classif. (of this report) Unclassified 20. Security Classif. (of this page) Unclassified 21. No. of Pages 100 22. Price N/A

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