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The NJTPA is working with its federal partners, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), subregions and other state and local agencies to make travel safer and more reliable for all who use our region’s transportation system. To support these efforts, the NJTPA solicits candidate projects for implementation under two safety funding programs each fiscal year, the Local Safety and High Risk Rural Roads programs. These programs which fund “quick fix” improvements are described below.
Projects for FY 2016 and 2017 which were approved on Jan. 11, 2016, are detailed on this announcement page. Details on the FY 2015 project can be found here. Information on FY 2014 projects can be found here.
Map Showing a Decade of Local Safety Improvements
Over the last decade, the NJTPA has invested nearly $40 million to make 90 sites safer through 80 projects. In total, $30.5 million has been invested through the Local Safety Program and $9.3 million through the High Risk Rural Roads Program.
For more on projects approved for funding since 2004, see this larger map or spreadsheets containing summaries and status updates for each Local Safety and High Risk Rural Roads project (pdfs).
The federally funded Local Safety Program (LSP) is a component of wider safety planning at the NJTPA, supporting construction of quick-fix, high-impact safety improvements on county and local roadway facilities in the NJTPA region. Projects on State, U.S. and Interstate highways are not eligible for funding under this program. Since its inception with a pilot program in 2004, the NJTPA has allocated $81 million in Local Safety Program funds for quick-fix, high impact safety improvements. Projects supported by this program have included new and upgraded traffic signals, signage, pedestrian indications, crosswalks, curb ramps, pavements markings and other improvements to increase the safety of drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
The Local Safety Program:
Federal transportation funding legislation has specifically set-aside federal safety funds to address travel safety needs in rural areas. First solicited by the NJTPA in FY 2009, the High Risk Rural Roads Program (HRRRP) provides federal funds for construction improvements to address safety problems on roadways that are functionally classified as rural major collector, rural minor collector or rural local roads and have a crash rate that exceeds the statewide average for those functional classes of roadways. Since its inception, the NJTPA has allocated $16 million in High Risk Rural Roads Program funds. Projects supported by this program have included skid-resistant surface treatments, guiderails, reflective pavement markings, rumbles strips and rumble stripes, safety edge, enhanced and advanced warning signs.
The High Risk Rural Roads Program:
In January 2012, FHWA issued a “Guidance Memorandum on Promoting the implementation of Proven Safety Countermeasures.” This guidance takes into consideration the latest safety research to advance a group of countermeasures that have shown great effectiveness in improving safety. Applicants are encouraged to consider incorporating these improvements in project proposals where crash types relate to these countermeasures. Several have been utilized and/or proposed in previously selected LSP & HRRRP projects, while others should be considered where appropriate. Here is a link to FHWA’s webpage regarding countermearures: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/provencountermeasures/
Manager, Local Programs and Project Development
Approved FY 2016-17 Projects
Approved FY 2015-16 Projects
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LSP Projects Status
HRRR Projects Status
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