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September 20, 2021

Every Day Counts, Innovation for a Nation on the Move. Safety Summit Series. Every Wednesday in September 2021.

Fifteen State DOTs and thirteen local agencies partner with FHWA Office of Safety at the EDC Safety Summit Series. You don't want to miss the last two live sessions and learn more about deploying life-saving initiatives.

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Wednesday, Sept. 22 (10:00-2:00 pm ET) focuses on Intersection and Interchange Geometrics

  • Minnesota DOT will discuss Reduced Conflict Intersections, including thorough evaluation results and geometric design considerations
  • Missouri DOT will share how past success with innovative intersections inspired them to develop designs like the “diverge-about”
  • Indiana DOT will present the achievements and challenges they’ve experienced advancing innovative intersections since developing their Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) policy
  • North Carolina DOT will showcase their experience with synchronized streets and other designs, and their “safest feasible” approach
  • Georgia DOT will highlight their ICE policy and tools that helped them implement innovative intersections across the state
  • Breakout sessions on Communication & Messaging, Walking & Bicycling, Cost and Constructability, Safe System Approach, and the Second ICE Age

Wednesday, Sept. 29 (10:00-2:00 pm ET) focuses on Road Diets (Roadway Reconfigurations)

Rounding out the EDC Safety Summit will be an action-packed session on Road Diets. Participants will see several Road Diets installed in Virginia, view a bike ride through a Road Diet under construction and hear the latest Road Diet MythBusters. The City of Seattle, Arizona DOT and Minnesota DOT will discuss how they are using Road Diets to reduce speed, perform systemic road diets and improve accessibility for all road users.

Additional Pecha Kucha-style presentations will be on the following topics:

  • Virginia DOT on their latest Road Diet Performance Study
  • Florida DOT on their Lane Elimination Guidance
  • Vermont DOT on how Road Diets improve bicycle safety
  • The Southern California Association of Governments on how it’s not a diet, but a buffet
  • Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization on how Road Diets are being advanced within their region to improve pedestrian, bicycle and transit user safety

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Be sure to watch the presentations of the first three EDC Safety Summit days:

Sept. 1: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

  • North Carolina DOT shared how they evaluate the success of PHBs, RRFBs and use a risk-based screening tool to deploy the STEP countermeasures
  • Maine DOT discussed their approaches to improve pedestrian safety using community engagement, developing resource materials, focusing on transit users, and working with law enforcement
  • Virginia DOT highlighted their use of data and a Health Opportunity Index to determine appropriate locations for pedestrian improvements
  • Breakout sessions on systemic pedestrian safety, the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons, Raised Crosswalks, Road Safety Audits and Complete Streets

Sept. 9: Incorporating Equity into Data-Driven Safety Analysis and Project Decision-Making

  • Massachusetts DOT discussed how they’re implementing both crash and risk-based approaches to address their safety emphasis areas
  • The Minnesota DOT presented their project scoping tool to screen and assess the suitability of the pedestrian and cyclist environment, called SPACE
  • The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission spoke about safety and equity components of the project benefit evaluation criteria for candidate projects
  • Breakout sessions on network screening approaches, data access, tools, assistance for local agencies, crash modification factors, and conducting project-level analysis

Sept. 16: The Four Pillars of Reducing Rural Roadway Departures

  • All Public Roads: Washington State DOT and Douglas County, WA discussed how funding and data is provided to locals to develop Local Road Safety Plans (LRSPs) to identify locations for improvements
  • Systemic Approach: Minnesota DOT and St. Louis County, MN shared how they used risk factors to target roadway departure crashes
  • Safety Action Plan: California DOT and Humboldt County, CA presented how they help counties develop LRSPs and requirements for future funding requests
  • Proven Countermeasure: North Carolina DOT and Clinton and Jones counties in Iowa discussed how they deployed the SafetyEdgeSM on asphalt and concrete roads. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet shared how they applied HFST and are now using Continuous Pavement Friction Measurements to determine where to apply it in the future
  • Breakout sessions on deploying the four pillars

About EDC

Every Day Counts, a state-based initiative of the Federal Highway Administration's Center for Accelerating Innovation, works with state, local and private sector partners to encourage the adoption of proven technologies and innovations to shorten and enhance project delivery.

EDC News is published weekly by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation.

Recommended Citation:
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration Every Day Counts: Innovation for a Nation on the Move
EDC News: September 20, 2021
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