Implementing Traffic Safety Evaluations to Enhance Roadway Safety

Traffic Safety Evaluations consist of a formal examination of the safety and performance of a roadway facility by an independent, multi‐disciplinary team. The purpose of conducting a TSE is to identify potential safety issues and opportunities for safety improvements. A TSE looks to provide a proactive approach in identifying opportunities that eliminate or mitigate safety concerns. The process of conducting a TSE is outlined by the FHWA, and consists of the following steps. 1. Identify the roadway facility or project to be evaluated; 2. Select the independent, multidisciplinary evaluation team; 3. Conduct a pre‐evaluation meeting; 4. Perform field reviews under various conditions; 5. Conduct analysis and document the findings; 6. Present findings to project owner/management; 7. Prepare a formal response; 8. Incorporate findings into the project when appropriate. The main goal of this project is to develop a methodology for identifying and conducting traffic safety evaluations in North Dakota. Specific objectives include the following: 1. Conduct case studies at sites with recognized safety issues; 2. Provide research and information on conducting safety evaluations among county transportation agencies in North Dakota; and 3. Demonstrate the effectiveness of conducting TSEs to agencies in North Dakota and other locations in the mountain-plains region, along with a low-cost improvement tool-kit.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute

    North Dakota State University
    1320 Albrecht Boulevard
    Fargo, ND  United States  581052

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Office of University Programs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Baker, Jason
    • Johnson, Kurt
    • Vachal, Kim
  • Publication Date: 2010-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 56p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01164264
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC Report No. 10-218
  • Files: UTC, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2010 9:24AM