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Publication Number: FHWA-TS-81-218
Date: December 1981

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)



A user's manual titled "Highway Safety Improvement Program" is being distributed as a Technology Sharing Report by this memorandum. This manual is currently being used in a National Highway Institute training course by the same name.

The manual provides guidance to State and local agencies for developing and implementing a highway safety improvement program which best suits their capabilities and needs. The manual should be beneficial to Federal, State, and local highway engineers and other professionals involved in a highway safety improvement program.

The manual describes how to:

  1. Implement a highway safety improvement program which complies with Federal-Aid Highway Program Manual 8-2-3 and which contains the following components and processes:

    • Planning (collect and maintain data, identify hazardous locations and elements, conduct engineering studies and establish project priorities)

    • Implementation (schedule and implement projects)

    • Evaluation (determine the effect of safety improvements)

  2. Select the most appropriate procedures based on an agency's particular goals, objectives, resources, and highway system.

  3. Utilize current information concerning reporting requirements, funding sources, and practices of other highway agencies.

The manual is being distributed in accordance with the Standard Implementation Procedures as amended. A limited number of copies are available from Mr. R. M. Umbs (HDV-21, FTS 426-9211) of the Implementation Division. Copies may also be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. (Stock No. 050-001-00241-8; Price: $7.50.)

This manual is part one of a three part series. The other two publications titled "Highway Safety Evaluation" and "Highway Safety Engineering Studies" will be distributed by separate memoranda. A brochure announcing these publications is being distributed with the "Highway Safety Evaluation" guide.

Information about the training course may be obtained from the National Highway Institute (HHI-2, FTS 426-9141).

John D. Coursey

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)

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