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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Addressing Safety on Locally-Owned and Maintained Roads - A Domestic Scan

fhwasa10027.pdf (4.91 MB)


August 2010


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Technical Documentation Page

1. Report No. FHWA


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Noteworthy Practices: Addressing Safety on Locally-Owned and Maintained Roads
A Domestic Scan

5. Report Date

August 2010

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Authors

Rosemarie Anderson, P.E.; Karen Yunk, P.E; Daniel Lovas, P.E.; and Michelle Scism

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

10. Work Unit No.

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc

8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 700

Vienna, VA 22182-2626

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-05-D-00024 (VHB)

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Safety Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report


14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes:

Technical editing was performed Jenny Goldschmidt of VHB.  Graphical design and production were performed by Michelle Scism and Cynthia Chagnon, both from VHB.

16. Abstract

Locally-owned road safety remains a challenge to many States. Several States have shown measured success in addressing local road safety. Seven States were identified to participate in the Local Road Safety Domestic Scan, allowing a team of transportation professionals from the Federal, State, and local levels to visit and document their practices. The Domestic Scan report identifies and documents practices in the planning, programming, and implementation of efforts to improve local road safety.  Practices are presented in data collection and analysis; local project identification; local project administration; funding; training and technical assistance; outreach and partnerships between State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and local agencies.  The report provides States with valuable information to launch a local road safety program or implement documented practices to improve an established program.

17. Key Words

Highway safety, local  government, study tours, strategic planning, safety management, State Departments of Transportation, Federal-aid, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local road safety, crash data, engineering, education, enforcement, systemic improvements, funding, training, outreach, domestic scan

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