Promoting Safety on County Roads

Promoting Safety on County Roads is the NACE Number One Priority
With the passage of the SAFETEA-LU legislation a renewed effort to make our public roads safer got a significant boost in attention and funding.   To summarize important safety provisions of the new SAFETEA-LU legislation review the following and visit the links to the FHWA website for detailed guidance.    

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Core Program
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) established the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) as an FHWA “core” program and provided a significant increase in the funding available for infrastructure-related highway safety improvement projects. This program is established as section 148 of Title 23, United States Code. HSIP reporting guidance are outlined at the following link 

High Risk Rural Road Program
A High Risk Rural Road program has been established.  The term `high risk rural road' means any roadway functionally classified as a rural major or minor collector or a rural local road   (a)   on which the accident rate for fatalities and incapacitating injuries exceeds the statewide average for those functional classes of roadway; or (b) that will likely have increases in traffic volume that are likely to create an accident rate for fatalities and incapacitating injuries that exceeds the statewide average for those functional classes of roadway.  Guidance on this program can be viewed at

Safe Routes to Schools Program
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity. It makes funds available for a wide variety of programs and projects, from building safer street crossings to encouraging children and their parents to walk and bicycle safely to school.  Guidance on this program can be viewed at

States Must Complete Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSP) for All Public Roads
A Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) developed by the State Department of Transportation (DOT) is a new Federal requirement of SAFETEA-LU, 23 U.S.C. § 148, and is a major part of the core Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). This document has three purposes:

  • To promote best practices and serve as guidance to State DOTs and their safety partners for the development and implementation of the State SHSP.
  • To assist State DOTs in creating an SHSP that meets the requirements of SAFETEA-LU with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.
  • To assist States in understanding the relationship between the SHSP and existing transportation planning and programming processes in order to best develop the SHSP with implementation in mind.

Guidance on the SHSP can be viewed at

5 % Report Requirement
As part of the new HSIP, States are required to submit an annual report describing not less than 5 percent of their highway locations exhibiting the most severe safety needs. The intent of this provision is to raise the public awareness of the highway safety needs and challenges in the States. The guidance for the "5% report" can be viewed at