California Department of Transportation

Project Development Workflow Tasks (PDWT)

Part 3 - Identify Project Need and Project Initiation Document

II. Project Initiation Document

B. Develop Initial Alternatives (150.10) - Develop Concept Alternatives (WBS 150.10.15)

P43. Request Safety Analysis

Any highway project is an opportunity to implement cost effective safety improvements. Some safety improvements are necessary, some desirable, and others not practical. Formal Safety Reviews during planning, design and construction have demonstrated that safety oriented critiques of project documents and plans help to ensure the application of safety standards. The team will typically consist of members from the Traffic Safety, Design, Maintenance, Construction, and Surveys units. In many cases, this process leads to highly cost-effective modifications that enhance safety for motorists and highway workers without significant changes to cost or scope of work. The Safety Review team will identify potential safety problems, review accident history records, and perform a field review. A Safety report will provide suggested improvements, but the project engineer decides which suggestions will be included in the project’s recommended improvements. However, any decision not to implement a recommendation must be documented and filed and then kept in the Project History File.

The project engineer can request a Safety Analysis Report from the District Traffic Engineer and the Traffic Safety and Investigations unit. During the PID stage, the District Safety Review Committee shall review all projects prior to PID approval. During design, the District Safety Review Committee must again review each project if it has an estimated cost of $750,000 or more. Safety concepts that are identified during these safety reviews and in the Safety Analysis report, which directly limit the exposure of employees to traffic, shall be incorporated into the project unless the District Director approves deletion.


HDM, (Topic 110.8, “Safety Reviews”)

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