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Appendix D: Template for an LRSP

Appendix D: Template for an LRSP



Discuss the current condition of the local jurisdiction with respect to roadway fatalities. Discuss the purpose of the plan and how the plan will help reduce fatalities and serious injuries.

Vision: A vision statement describes what the group is striving to achieve.

Mission: The mission statement defines the purpose of the plan, what it does, and what it is about. The mission statement usually does not change and helps to define organizational culture.

Goals: What does the group hope to achieve in a specified amount of time? Goals should be realistic and measurable and can evolve over time.

Safety Partners/Stakeholders

List the agencies that were consulted in the development of the LRSP and are crucial to achieving plan goals. The following is a list of potential safety partners. Expect to engage a variety of organizations in plan development and implementation. (List Organizations Only)

  • Local engineering or public works department
  • County Highway Department
  • State DOT Region or District Office
  • Federal Highway Administration Division Office
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Local/Tribal Police Department
  • County Sheriff’s Department
  • State Police/Patrol
  • Local public information official
  • Governor’s Highway Safety Office
  • Public safety stakeholders (i.e., AAA, SafeKids, Operation Lifesaver, League of American Bicyclists, etc.)
  • Local emergency service providers
  • School district (facilities and/or transportation)
  • Local planning and zoning department or commission
  • Local agency budgeting office
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Consultants
  • Local/Tribal Technical Assistance Program
  • Railroads
  • Community groups (chamber of commerce, tourism bureaus, etc.)


Discuss the process used to develop the plan, recognizing that the LRSP development process is every bit as important as the actual finished product. Because there will be many activities that lead to the LRSP, it might be difficult to determine whether the required process was followed just by reading the LRSP. For this reason, it is recommended that some documentation or explanation of the process be included in the LRSP. The LRSP is a living document and is expected to evolve over time.

Turnover of team members is inevitable, and it should also be expected that many who were not directly involved in the development process will read and use the LRSP. By including some explanation of the development process, both new team members and those existing ones who were not as closely involved will be able to follow the progression of the plan’s creation. A section on the development process or reference to documentation will also help approving officials.

Data Analysis

Discuss how the data were gathered and analyzed. Include any concerns about the quality and reliability of data, improvement needs, and assumptions.

Emphasis Areas

List emphasis areas, explain how they were determined, and why addressing them is vital to achieving plan goals. The list will serve as a quick reference and introduction to the body and structure of the plan. The following information should be provided for each emphasis area and can be entered into the chart located in Appendix C.


The background for the emphasis area should include a brief explanation regarding why this was important to the LRSP. In this section, the writers should provide fatality data and show trends via graphs and charts to demonstrate need to address this issue.


What is the objective for this emphasis area? (E.g., to reduce roadway departure fatalities by 10 percent by 2020.)

Performance Measures

What measures will be used to monitor progress in attaining this objective after implementation?


List the strategies that will be performed. These strategies should include actions that can be performed by the 4 E’s, if appropriate. Each strategy should include a performance measure. These strategies will be carried over as action plans that are created for each emphasis area. Further information about what, how, when, where, and who of safety activities will be included in the action plans. Action plans can also provide specifics such as various funding sources for safety activities and may also contain some project-level detail, responsible agencies, and timeframes for safety activities.

Implementation Process

Discuss how the group plans to implement the LRSP. Include a schedule of projects or how projects will be scheduled (i.e., action plan).

Evaluation Process

What will the evaluation process entail and how often will evaluation take place? Is someone responsible for monitoring progress throughout the year,and when will plan revisions be made? How will the LRSP evaluation affect future projects funded through HSIP or other funding sources? How will the project evaluations in these programs affect the LRSP?

Next Steps

To keep everyone engaged and on task, discuss what comes next and who is responsible for what and when. What are the partners’ responsibilities and what will each of them do with the plan? Remember, this is a living document!


This section could list other plans that were referenced in the development of the LRSP, such as the State’s SHSP, as well as provide more detail on the emphasis areas described in the plan. The LRSP is a strategic planning document and is intended to be concise. Action plans are based on the emphasis areas outlined in the LRSP and expand on the supporting data and strategies. These details would describe the what, how, when, where, and who. Action plans can also provide specifics on funding and some project-level detail. They may also include evaluation criteria for assessing the success of the implemented safety strategies. Ideally, each emphasis area in the LRSP should be supplemented with an action plan.