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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

SHSP Emphasis Areas

Based on a review of State SHSPs, FHWA identified the eight SHSP emphasis areas common across most States. These emphasis areas are used in the HSIP online reporting tool for categorizing HSIP projects.  Figure 20 presents the number of HSIP projects categorized by SHSP emphasis area. For consistency and national reporting purposes, state-defined SHSP emphasis areas were assigned to these emphasis areas, where possible. 

About 39 percent of the projects were categorized as "Roadway Departure" (42 percent in 2015 and 40 percent in 2016), 31 percent were categorized as "Intersections" (31 percent in 2015 and 29 percent in 2016), and 10 percent categorized as "Unknown/Other" (14 percent in 2015 and 13 percent in 2016). Examples of other categories used by the States include: "Highway infrastructure", "Railroad", and "Lighting".

Figure 20: This figure illustrates the number of projects by strategic highway safety plan emphasis areas. The emphasis area with the highest number of projects was roadway departure with 1933 projects followed by intersections with 1529 projects.
Figure 20: Number of Projects by SHSP Emphasis Area