Every state, including Idaho, has a Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) with a goal to reduce crashes, especially those that cause fatalities and serious injuries, at the broader state level. However, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), nearly 80 percent of all public roads are operated by local or rural governments and approximately 56 percent of all fatalities occur on these roads.
Roadway safety issues are unique by area and can even differ between neighboring jurisdictions. In some cases, issues that are specific to local or rural roads may not be reflected in the overarching SHSP. Local Road Safety Plans (LRSP) are tailored to local issues and needs. Developing the LRSP is a collaborative community process which involves workshops with representatives from all facets of the community – law enforcement, school district representatives, local agencies including cities and Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and emergency responders. Together, this group creates a community “playbook” for strategies to improve safety on its roadways through education, enforcement, and engineering countermeasures.
Burgess & Niple has helped develop and execute LRSPs for several states around the country. Hear from presenter Kendra Schenk, PE, PTOE, RSP, as she details the following:
- The FHWA’s six-step LRSP Development Process
- How establishing an LRSP working group can foster collaboration between different entities within a jurisdiction
- How aligning an LRSP with the SHSP can help secure funding
- Real examples of successful LRSPs