November 2017


Counties Win National Roadway Safety Awards

Counties in several states were winners of the National Roadway Safety Awards announced on November 15 in Washington, D.C.

The awards, a biennial competition which began in 1999, are a partnership of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Roadway Safety Foundation. They acknowledge successful approaches to improving roadway safety at the state and local level.

Minnesota Implements County Roadway Safety Plans for All Counties

The Safety Problem: County roads in Minnesota account for half of all fatal crashes, but less than a quarter of vehicle-miles traveled in the state

The Solution: Development and implementation of County Road Safety Plans (CRSP) for all 87 Minnesota counties, emphasizing low-cost, systemic improvements over high-cost spot treatments

The Result: 330 low-cost, proactive safety improvements on the county road network, and a 25% reduction in the county road fatality rate during the four-year period following the CRSP process

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Franklin and Jefferson Counties, Missouri, Participate in Road to Saving Lives

The Safety Problem: In the last decade, 8,752 motorists have died on Missouri’s roads, leaving the state searching for an effective way to implement its Toward Zero Deaths strategy.

The Solution: Five Design-Build teams competed in a unique procurement process to offer MoDOT the most cost-effective safety treatments based on Highway Safety Manual analysis.

The Result: A winning bid to address improvements at all 31 identified locations in Jefferson and Franklin Counties, projected to prevent 73 deaths and serious injuries over 10 years and be completed nine months ahead of schedule.

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Kent County, Michigan, Among Partners in Expedited Towing Program

The Safety Problem: A spike in vehicles striking fire department vehicles responding to crash scenes in the Grand Rapids area, and challenging freeway layouts that make providing advance notice to motorists difficult

The Solution: A multi-agency Traffic Incident Management (TIM) partnership that yielded new strategies for shielding and clearing crash scenes, including a crash attenuator truck and expedited towing

The Result: 31% reduction in tow truck response time, reduction in vehicles striking fire apparatus, and a 45% decrease in secondary crashes

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Counties in the Forefront for National Roadway Safety Awards

Minnesota Implements County Roadway Safety Plans for All Counties

Kent County Road Commission among the Partners in the Expedited Towing Program

Franklin and Jefferson Counties Participate in Missouri's Road to Saving Lives

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