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Developing Safety Plans: A Manual for Local Rural Road Owners

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Developing Safety Plans:
A Manual for Local Rural Road Owners

March 2012

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This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The United States Government assumes no liability for its contents or use thereof.


Technical Documentation Page

1. Report No. FHWA


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Developing Safety Plans: A Manual for Local Rural Road Owners

5. Report Date

March 2012

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Authors

Andrew H. Ceifetz, P.E.; Jeffrey Bagdade, P.E.; Dan Nabors, P.E., Michael Sawyer, P.E., Kim Eccles, P.E.

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)
8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 700
Vienna, VA 22182-2626

10. Work Unit No.

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-10-D-00022, T-10-002

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Safety
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590-9898

13. Type of Report and Period Covered


14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes:

The Task Manager for this document was Rosemarie Anderson, FHWA Office of Safety.

The Technical Oversight Working Group included Kaye Bieniek (Olmsted County, Minnesota), Michael Briggs (Planning Department, City of Nashville, Tennessee), Mike Castellano (FHWA), Pam Fischer (independent consultant), Hillary Isebrands (FHWA), Lance Johnson (FHWA), Kelly Larosa (FHWA), Pete McGeshick (Sokaogon Chippewa of Mole Lake, WI), Jana R. Simpler (Office of Highway Safety, Delaware), Kimberly Vachal (Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University), and Jennifer Warren (FHWA).

16. Abstract

Local road practitioners across the country play a critical role in addressing crash risks at the local level and may be able to identify the specific or unique conditions that contribute to crashes within their jurisdictions. The Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) offers a foundation for consensus and focus. It defines key emphasis areas and strategies that impact local rural roads and provides a framework to accomplish safety enhancements at the local level. The LRSP helps communities take a proactive stance in reducing and preventing local road fatalities and injuries. This document guides the development of an LRSP.

17. Key Words

Safety Plan, Local, Rural, Implementation, Emphasis Areas, Vision, Mission Statement, Goals, Local Road, Safety.

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



Term Definition
AAA American Automobile Association
AASHTO American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
ATSSA American Traffic Safety Services Association
ATV All-Terrain Vehicles
BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs
BOTS Bureau of Transportation Safety
CATS Campus Area Transportation Study
CERS Center for Excellence in Rural Safety
CUUATS Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study
DOT Department of Transportation
EMS Emergency Medical Services
ESSI State Farm Embedded Safety Specialist Pilot Initiative
FARS Fatality Analysis Reporting System
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
Four (4) E’s Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Services
FTA Federal Transit Administration
HSIP Highway Safety Improvement Program
IDOT Illinois Department of Transportation
LRSAG Local Road Safety Advisory Group
LRSP Local Road Safety Plan
LTAP Local Technical Assistance Program
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MUTCD Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
NACE National Association of County Engineers
NCHRP National Cooperative Highway Research Program
NHI National Highway Institute
NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
RPO Regional Planning Organization
SAFER Safety Evaluation for Roadways Manual
SAFETEA-LU The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
SCIL Selected Crash Intersection Locations
SHSP Strategic Highway Safety Plan
TIC Transportation Information Center
TTAP Tribal Technical Assistance Program
usRAP United States Road Assessment Program
WACERS Wyoming Association of County Engineers and Road Supervisors
WAM Wyoming Association of Municipalities
WisDOT Wisconsin Department of Transportation
WRRSP Wyoming Association of County Engineers and Road Supervisors
WYDOT Wyoming Department of Transportation