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FoRRRwD with the Systemic Approach: Prioritizing Locations and Projects

July 2020 Webinar

Availability Status: Archived

  • Created: Tuesday July 14th, 2020
  • Source: Oregon Department of Transportation, Maine Department of Transportation, Caltrans
  • Publishing Organization: National Local Technical Assistance Program Association, National Center for Rural Road Safety, Federal Highway Administration
  • Topic: Engineering, Road User, Safety Culture
  • Sub-Topic: Low Cost Countermeasures, Road Departure, Safety Countermeasures, Systemic Safety
  • Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Sector: Local, State, Federal, Tribal
  • Profession: Engineers, Planners
  • Training Format: Training Webinar
  • Duration: 2 Hours

Description/Learning Outcomes:

An FHWA EDC-5 Webinar in collaboration with NLTAPA and the National Center for Rural Road Safety

Rural roadway departures make up a third of U.S. traffic fatalities—about 30 people a day. The Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5) initiative, Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD), features four pillars: Addressing All Public Roads, Systemic Approach, Safety Action Plans, and Proven Countermeasures. This webinar focused on the second pillar, the Systemic Approach.

State, local, and tribal agencies – discovered how other agencies prioritize and evaluate the benefits of systemic projects that maximize reductions in roadway departure crashes

Speakers and Topics included:

  • Robert Peterson, Caltrans, provided a brief overview of Caltrans’ Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program (SSARP) and the transition to LRSPs, then discussed how Caltrans is prioritizing systemic roadway departure projects using benefit-cost analyses.
  • Christina McDaniel-Wilson, Oregon DOT, discussed ODOT’s systemic screening process for Roadway Departure using the safety priority index system and the use of benefit-cost ratios to prioritize systemic projects.
  • Ed Hanscom, Maine DOT, discussed the systemic approach to roadway departure crashes in Maine and how they utilized risk factors and exposure to determine countermeasure cost effectiveness and the most appropriate sites for treatment.