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DOT 123-08Contact: Doug Hecox
Wednesday, August 27, 2008Tel.: (202) 366-0660

USDOT's Awards $14.7 Million for Rural Roads Safety
'Rural Safety Innovation Program' Funding Latest Tool in Effort to Safeguard Drivers

RAYMOND, Miss. - Fourteen states, three counties and two parishes competed for and will receive $14.7 million in Rural Safety Innovation Program (RSIP) funds to improve safety on rural roads, Deputy Secretary Thomas J. Barrett said today.

"Making one road safer is important. But making rural roads around the country less deadly is absolutely essential," said U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Thomas J. Barrett, who personally presented awards to officials in Mississippi today. "Thanks to these funds our rural roads are on their way to becoming as safe as they are beautiful."

Rural roads carry less than half of America's traffic but account for more than half of the nation's vehicular deaths. Last February, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched the "Rural Safety Initiative" to address this issue.

Though last year's fatality rate - 1.37 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled - is the lowest in the nation's history, the 41,059 fatalities in 2007 remain "entirely too high," said Barrett. "The RSIP program will help us put a national focus on a local problem."

The awards, made possible by funds from the USDOT's Delta Region Transportation Development Program and Intelligent Transportation Systems Program, are part of a $287 million effort to help local and state governments reduce crashes on dangerous rural roads.

The RSIP recipients include:

Project LeadGrant AmountProject
Arizona DOT$ 480,000I-10 Severe Weather Warning System
Arkansas Highway
and Transportation Dept.
$1,540,786Cable median barrier on I-55 in Crittenden County
California DOT$1,575,175Coordinated speed management in work zones
California/El Dorado County$ 304,000Intersection safety using ITS technologies
Colorado DOT$ 324,390Speed management on US 160 Wolf Creek Pass Snow Shed
Colorado DOT$ 140,749Speed information on approach to curves on US 50 in Fremont County
Illinois DOT$ 344,000Rural curve improvement strategy on county and township highway
Illinois DOT$ 40,000Vehicle actuated advanced warning on curves
Iowa DOT$ 500,000Traffic and criminal software improvements
Kansas DOT$ 284,000Dynamic message signs and road weather information system
Louisiana/Rapides Parish$1,140,943Roadway departure crash reduction action plan
Louisiana/Grant Parish$ 597,954Roadway departure crash reduction action plan
Louisiana DOT$1,925,983Rural intersection safety implementation plan
Minnesota DOT$ 160,000Installation of dynamic curve warning systems
Mississippi DOT$1,925,983Low-cost road departure crash countermeasures
Mississippi/Hinds County$ 303,552Low-cost road departure crash countermeasures
Missouri DOT$ 800,000Dynamic message signs and closed-circuit TV on I-57, I-55 and US 60
South Carolina DOT$ 840,000Decrease hydroplaning on US 25 in Greeneville County
Tennessee DOT$ 650,800Sign inventory and Assessment/Management System Project
Washington/King County$ 202,400Advanced curve warning and driver feedback signs
Wisconsin DOT$ 609,000Rural thru-stop intersection crash prevention

For more information on the USDOT's Rural Safety Initiative, visit http://www.dot.gov/affairs/ruralsafety/

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