Local Safety Initiative

The Local Safety Initiative is a state-funded program that allows us to provide direct technical assistance to local agencies on transportation safety planning and project development. This includes facilitating Road Safety Audits, funding Safety Studies, and implementing Systematic Safety Improvements – all in an effort to reduce crashes on our local roads.

Road Safety Audits

Road safety audits (RSAs) have become a proven countermeasure for improving safety on roadways. The RSA process is a formal, independent safety evaluation of an existing roadway by an experienced and multidisciplinary team of specialists. The team looks for existing and potential safety hazards that may affect any type of road users and identifies possible countermeasures to address those safety issues. Our team will perform this process on behalf of our local partners and work with them to implement recommended countermeasures.

Safety Studies

A formal safety study is an analysis of roadway and traffic-related data to determine the contributing factors to an identified crash pattern at an intersection or highway section. A safety study also identifies potential alternative countermeasures meant to reduce crash frequency or severity at the study site. These studies are typically required when seeking Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding. Our team will work with local partners to identify the resources necessary to complete a safety study as part of applying for HSIP funding.

Systemic Safety Improvements

Certain crash types, such as angle, fixed object, or pedestrian crashes, frequently result in fatalities or serious injuries. To systemically address these crash types, our team identifies the locations that exhibit a high risk of these crash types. In working with our local jurisdictions and ODOT, these locations are then targeted for low-cost safety improvements, such as better signage, LED signal heads with reflective backplates, or better crosswalk markings and signage to reduce these types of crashes from happening.

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