Highway Safety Manual: Policy Issues

The first edition of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) is expected to be released in the summer of 2009. The HSM will contain a collection of objective safety evaluation methods to manage an existing roadway network or to predict the safety performance of roadway design and operational decisions. Although the HSM is not formally titled as a policy document, the methods and procedures contained in it will likely be used by a large number of transportation agencies in the United States to make safety-based decisions. As such, a number of policy issues may arise once the HSM is integrated into the transportation practice. This paper addresses these issues by describing the relationship between the HSM and other transportation policy documents commonly used in the United States. Additionally, the paper describes how the HSM may be integrated into transportation design practice. Lastly, a brief outline of how existing transportation policy documents relate to tort liability issues is described.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Donnell, Eric T
    • Himes, Scott C
    • Mason Jr, John M
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Compendium of Technical Papers. ITE 2008 Technical Conference and Exhibit, March 30-April 2, 2008, Miami, Florida

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01109064
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 20 2008 4:04PM