Local Roadway Safety Plans and Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program (SSARP)
A Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) provides a framework for organizing stakeholders to identify, analyze, and prioritize roadway safety improvements on local and rural roads. The process of developing an LRSP can be tailored to local protocols, needs, and issues.
Federal regulations require each State has a Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). An SHSP is a statewide data-driven traffic safety plan that coordinates the efforts of a wide range of organizations to reduce traffic accident fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. In coordination with federal, state, local and private sector safety stakeholders, the SHSP establishes goals, objectives, and emphasis (or challenge) areas. The SHSP address the 4Es of traffic safety: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Services.
While the SHSP is used as a statewide approach for improving roadway safety, A Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) can be a means for providing local and rural road owners with an opportunity to address unique highway safety needs in their jurisdictions while contributing to the success of the SHSP. The process of preparing an LRSP creates a framework to systematically identify and analyze safety problems and recommend safety improvements. Preparing an LRSP facilitates the development of local agency partnerships and collaboration, resulting in a prioritized list of improvements and actions that can demonstrate a defined need and contribute to the statewide plan. The LRSP offers a proactive approach to addressing safety needs and demonstrates agency responsiveness to safety challenges.
In the future HSIP Calls-for-Projects, an LRSP (or its equivalent such as Systemic Safety Analysis Report (SSAR) or Vision Zero Action Plan) will be preferred or required for an agency to be eligible to apply for federal HSIP funds:
- HSIP Cycle 10 (around April 2020): an LRSP (or its equivalent) will be highly recommended but not required for an agency to apply;
- HSIP Cycle 11 (around April 2022) and on: an LRSP (or its equivalent) will be required for an agency to be eligible to apply.
State funding will be available soon to local agencies for developing their LRSPs. Please visit this website for continuous updates.
Useful documents and links:
- National Association of County Engineers (NACE) – A Template for Local Roadway Safety Plan (Word File)
- FHWA - Local and Rural Road Safety Briefing Sheets: Local Road Safety Plans
- FHWA - Developing Safety Plans: A Manual for Local and Rural Road (2012)
- FHWA, Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool (2013)
- FHWA – Local and Rural Road Safety Program
- California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)
Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program (SSARP)
The state-funded Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program (SSARP) was established in 2016. The state funding for the SSARP program is made available by exchanging the local Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) federal funds for State Highway Account (SHA) funds.
The intent of this program is to assist local agencies in performing a collision analysis, identifying safety issues on their roadway networks, and developing a list of systemic low-cost countermeasures that can be used to prepare future HSIP and other safety program applications.
SSARP Projects Selected in 2016:
On October 21, 2015, $10 million from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) was set aside and exchanged for state funds to implement the Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program (SSARP). Caltrans made SSARP calls for applications in two phases (February and April of 2016). 108 applications have been received requesting $17.6 million of state funds. After prioritization, 61 projects with a total of $10 million of SSARP state funds were selected for implementation.
SSARP Projects Selected in 2017:
In January, 2017, another $7.7 million of state funds was allocated by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to fund the SSARP applications that were initially submitted in the 2016 SSARP calls for applications but were unfunded at that time due to funding limitation. Follow the below link for a list of additional SSARP applications selected for funding.
The funding allocation by the CTC was contingent upon Department of Finance (DOF) approval. The DOF has confirmed the availability of the $7.7 million of state funds for the SSARP program, and the local agencies can proceed with the funding allocation request for their specific projects. For instructions for implementing the SSARP projects, please review the information under “PROJECT IMPLEMENATION”.
After an SSARP application has been selected for funding, the local agency will then proceed to implement the analysis/report-only project.
(Note: the allocation requests must be submitted to the DLAE by 5/30/2018.)
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Highway Safety Improvement Program
- Approved Project Lists
- Call-for-Projects, Guidelines and Safety Manual
- Delivery Requirements and Status of Approved Projects
- Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP)
- Local HSIP Advisory Committee
- Local Roadway Safety Plans and Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program (SSARP)
- Roadway Safety Training and Materials