Local Safety Program
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Under MAP-21, the FAST Act continues the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) as a core Federal-aid program with the purpose of achieving a significant reduction in fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public roads. Highway Safety Improvement projects must be consistent with the State’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and are selected on the basis of supportive crash data.
The federally funded Local Safety Program (LSP) is a component of wider safety planning at the NJTPA, supporting construction of cost-effective, high-impact safety improvements on county and local roadway facilities in the NJTPA region to increase the safety of drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. This program utilizes Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Funds. Since its inception with a pilot program in 2004, the NJTPA has allocated $145 million in HSIP funds for 115 projects (click on this link for more information on these projects). Typical projects supported by this program include new and upgraded traffic signals, road diets, modern roundabouts, pedestrian safety including countdown signal heads, high visibility crosswalks, curb extensions, new and upgraded signs and pavements markings, bike lanes and other improvements New Jersey is a focus state for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Intersection Safety.
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. In 2017, FHWA updated the list which now includes 20 Proven Safety Countermeasures. Consideration of FHWA proven safety countermeasures is an important component in this program.
A solicitation for the Local Safety Program occurs on nearly an annual basis. Program details include:
Improvements NOT eligible under this program: Routine maintenance/ replacement projects (including general resurfacing projects), congestion management/roadway capacity enhancements (road widening), improvements involving State, U.S. and Interstate highways including any improvements at intersections with such facilities and aesthetic improvements along the right-of-ways;
NJTPA supports the Subregions with traffic counts, crash analysis, signal warrant analysis, lighting analysis, conceptual layouts and HSM/Benefit Cost analysis through the Consultant Assistance with Local Safety Programs Studies/Analyses.
Projects that have been selected to advance in the program can be further assisted through the Local Safety Engineering Assistance Program (LSEAP). The LSEAP provides Subregions with design assistance in the preparation of plans, specifications, permitting and cost estimates needed for construction authorization.
Examples of LSP Implementation
The City of Newark was designated by the FHWA as a pedestrian focus city. the NJTPA has been working with the City on numerous safety projects at intersections and along corridors to improve pedestrian safety. Click here to see visual rendering of a LSP project on Broad Street.
A road diet is a Poven Safety Countermeasure that hsd been shown to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes between 19-47%. It pprovides better mobility and access for all road users, while calming trafic and enhancing overall quality of life. Click here to see a rendering of a road diet project in Manville, NJ.
Project Manager, Safety Programs
Project Lead, Safety Programs
Director, Local Programs and Project Development