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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Improving Safety on Rural Local and Tribal Roads Safety Toolkit

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Federal Highway Administration
Office of Safety


August 2014


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Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.
2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient’s Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle
Improving Safety on Rural Local and Tribal Roads
Safety Toolkit
5. Report Date
August 2014
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)
Elizabeth Wemple, P.E., Timothy Colling, P.E.
8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
555 12th Street, Suite 1600
Oakland, CA 94607

Michigan Technological University
Center for Technology and Training
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
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 7th Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20590
13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Covered Technical Manual
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Technical Manager: Rosemarie Anderson, Office of Safety Technical working group members: Craig Allred (FHWA Resource Center), Galen Balster (Federal Lands Highway), Dave Brand (Madison County, Ohio), Victoria Brinkly (Western Federal Lands Highway), Steve Castleberry (Nevada County, California), Clayton Chen (FHWA Research, Development, and Technology), Scott Davis (Thurston County, Washington), Kayloe Dawson (Chehalis Tribe), Thomas S. Elliot (FHWA National Highway Institute), Tony Giancola (Roadway Safety Foundation), Daniel Holt (Federal Lands Highway), Hillary Isebrands (FHWA Resource Center), Robin Lewis (City of Bend, Oregon), Nate Miller (Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission), Todd Morrison (Kentucky LTAP), Scott Nodes (Arizona DOT), Jessica Rich (FHWA Tennessee Division), Karen Timpone (FHWA Office of Safety), Dennis Trusty (Northern Plains TTAP)
16. Abstract

Rural roadway safety is an important issue for communities throughout the country and presents a challenge for state, local, and Tribal agencies. The Improving Safety on Rural Local and Tribal Roads – Safety Toolkit was created to help rural local and Tribal roadway safety practitioners address these challenges. The Safety Toolkit provides a step-by-step process to assist local agency and Tribal practitioners in completing traffic safety analyses, identify safety issues, countermeasures to address them, and an implementation process. Each step in the Toolkit contains a set of tools, examples, and links to resources appropriate to the needs of safety practitioners. The report presents a seven-step safety analysis process based on a similar process developed in the Highway Safety Manual. The seven steps are: compile data; conduct network screening; select sites for investigation; diagnose site conditions and identify countermeasures; prioritize countermeasures for implementation; implement countermeasures; and evaluate effectiveness of implemented countermeasures. Accompanying the Safety Toolkit are two User Guides (FHWA-SA-14-073 and FHWA-SA-14-074) which present step-by-step processes of example scenarios.
17. Key Words

Safety analysis, local roads, Tribal roads, safety management, network screening, site diagnosis, countermeasure selection, safety evaluation
18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions
19. Security Classif. (of this report)

20. Security Classif. (of this page)

21. No. of Pages

22. Price


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