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Publication Number: FHWA-TS-81-219
Date: November 1981

Highway Safety Evaluation: Procedural Guide



This Procedural Guide describes procedures for evaluating highway safety programs and projects. It should be beneficial to State' and local engineers and other professionals involved in evaluation.

The objectives of this Guide are to describe how to:

  1. Select appropriate measures of effectiveness and efficiency to perform evaluations by using either accident data or alternate measures of hazard reduction.

  2. Perform an evaluation of implemented safety improvements to gauge their effectiveness and efficiency and to use the results in recommending improvements for other safety or operational problems.

  3. Describe and guide the organization and management of evaluation process(es) for providing feedback on the effectiveness of safety programs to the planning and implementation components of the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

  4. Perform program effectiveness and administrative evaluations.

The Guide was prepared by Goodell-Grivas, Inc. Mr. David Perkins was the Principal Investigator. Mr. Rudolph Umbs is the Implementation Manager.

Additional copies of the Guide can be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Robert J. Betsold
Director, Office of Development
Federal Highway Administration

Highway Safety Evaluation: Procedural Guide

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