US Department of Transportation

FHWA PlanWorks: Better Planning, Better Projects

US Department of Transportation

FHWA Planworks: Better Planning, Better Projects

Safety


Safety is a top priority for all transportation agencies, and reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries is always a consideration in the development of plans, programs, and projects. Because safety is important to all transportation system users across all modes, collaboration with a large number of stakeholders is essential. Proactive and early collaboration with safety partners and stakeholders during the decision making process ensures safety is incorporated into every plan, program, and project.


MAP-21 and the FAST Act require State DOTs to track safety performance and establish safety targets for National Performance Measures under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). Long range planning at the statewide and regional levels provides the first opportunity for incorporating safety goals, objectives, measures, and targets into the decision making process which ultimately will be used to inform programming and project development.

This Application supports consideration of safety issues and strategies at individual Key Decisions. Hover over the highlighted Key Decisions to understand the specific relationship of safety to the decision. Click on a Key Decision for more detail, including questions to consider and data to support the decision. Key Decisions that are grayed-out have no specific relevance to safety.

Application Roles Example

The role of each partner changes from one Key Decision to another. Understanding partner roles and how they change throughout the process is essential to successful collaboration. The Decision Guide describes the four possible roles for partners at each Key Decision:

Application Role Index Table

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LRP

This is going to be replaced with a description for Long Range Transportation Planning.

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PRO

This is going to be replaced with a description for Programming phase in the Decision Guide.

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COR

Corridor Planning I'm sure has an important description that will be replaced with this sample text.

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ENV

Evironmental Review (NEPA) Merged with Permitting something something.

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No Role

Does not participate because the resulting action is outside the agency’s interests and requirements.

LRP-1
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/LRP-1

Identify and invite safety partners and stakeholders to participate in long range planning. Identify safety information and plans to inform development of long range plan.
LRP-2
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/LRP-2

Consider information from safety plans on goals, objectives, strategies, and data in developing the long range plan vision and goals.
LRP-3
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/LRP-3

Consider safety criteria, measures, targets and analysis methods to inform scenario evaluation.
LRP-4
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/LRP-4

Use safety data to inform transportation system deficiencies
LRP-5
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/LRP-5

Consider potential safety funding and revenue sources to determine how these sources may be applicable to specific types of deficiencies.
LRP-6
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/LRP-6

Solicit safety input from partners and stakeholders on individual strategies to inform strategy selection.
LRP-7
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/LRP-7

Consider safety strategies and implications for each scenario and how performance may be monitored for continued improvement.
LRP-8
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/LRP-8

Identify locations where safety strategies will be implemented and appropriate performance monitoring established.
LRP-9
This Key Decision is not associated with application
LRP-10
This Key Decision is not associated with application
LRP-11
This Key Decision is not associated with application

PRO-1
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/PRO-1

Consider safety funding sources and other revenue to fund transportation improvement projects that address safety needs.
PRO-2
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/PRO-2

Identify information on costs associated with safety improvements in the long range plan.
PRO-3
This Key Decision is not associated with application
PRO-4
This Key Decision is not associated with application
PRO-5
This Key Decision is not associated with application
PRO-6
This Key Decision is not associated with application
PRO-7
This Key Decision is not associated with application
PRO-8
This Key Decision is not associated with application
PRO-9
This Key Decision is not associated with application

COR-1
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/COR-1

Invite safety partners to participate in corridor planning. Provide safety data and plans to inform development of corridor plan scope.
COR-2
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/COR-2

Use safety data and information in the development of a problem statement and identification of opportunities.
COR-3
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/COR-3

Provide information on safety goals at the National, state, and regional levels.
COR-4
This Key Decision is not associated with application
COR-5
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/COR-5

Identify safety strategies, data, and analysis methods to inform development of criteria, methods, and measures for solution evaluation.
COR-6
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/COR-6

Use information provided on safety strategies and data to evaluate of solution sets.
COR-7
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/COR-7

Identify safety strategies and countermeasures in the preferred solution set to inform funding, implementation, and performance monitoring.
COR-8
This Key Decision is not associated with application
COR-9
This Key Decision is not associated with application

ENV-1
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/ENV-1

Use relevant safety data to inform the project scope, including information about plans and stakeholders.
ENV-2
This Key Decision is not associated with application
ENV-3
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/ENV-3

Use safety data and strategy information in the development of project purpose and need.
ENV-4
This Key Decision is not associated with application
ENV-5
This Key Decision is not associated with application
ENV-6
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/ENV-6

Consider the safety implications of individual alternatives to inform the full range of alternatives.
ENV-7
This Key Decision is not associated with application
ENV-8
https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/planworks/DecisionGuide/Step/ENV-8

Identify areas in the Draft EIS where safety strategies and appropriate performance monitoring will be implemented.
ENV-9
This Key Decision is not associated with application
ENV-10
This Key Decision is not associated with application
ENV-11
This Key Decision is not associated with application
ENV-12
This Key Decision is not associated with application
ENV-13
This Key Decision is not associated with application
ENV-14
This Key Decision is not associated with application