The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) established the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) as a core Federal-aid program. The HSIP is continued under the current Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, with the purpose of achieving a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads through the implementation of highway safety improvements. The Arizona DOT (ADOT) is responsible for administering the state’s HSIP program that programs nearly $32 million per year for road safety improvement projects across the state. ADOT’s Traffic Safety Section is responsible for the development of guidelines related to process and determining project eligibility. The current process in Arizona for programming HSIP funds focuses on reducing fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. Projects are identified using data driven analysis of crash statistics to demonstrate the project would benefit from the proposed safety improvement, or countermeasure. Countermeasures must be consistent with the priorities outlined as Emphasis Areas in the 2014 Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). For the most efficient use of the HSIP funds, MPOs & COGs and the State will be nominating safety projects that are expected to have the greatest impact on reducing fatal and serious injury crashes.
Most of the state's road safety problems exist in Maricopa County. Crash records for the last 10 years indicate that nearly 40 percent of all road deaths and 66 percent of crashes with serious injuries in Arizona occur Maricopa County roads. Within Maricopa County, nearly 80 percent of all road deaths and serious injuries occur on the arterial and local road system with only 20 percent on the freeway/expressway system.
In January 2018, ADOT requested MAG and other COGs and MPOs to issue and coordinate a call for projects for programming new projects in FY2021 and 2022. MAG is coordinating this call for projects with ADOT, and will recommend a list of projects for the available HSIP funds. Project applications submitted by the Monday April 16, 2018 deadline can be viewed below along with those submitted in previous cycles. Revised HSIP guidelines and a new HSIP project application form provided by ADOT is available at the links provided (see below).
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