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New Jersey Partnership Provides Technical Support to Local Agencies on Crash Data Analysis

Original publication: SHSP Implementation Process Model, Supplement Number 1 – Case Studies; FHWA-SA-10-025; 2010 (PDF, 1MB)

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Publication Year: 2010


Key Accomplishments

  • Established a resource center to assist county and municipal engineers in identifying low-cost safety improvements and developing better quality applications for project funding.
  • Developed safety training programs for local agencies.
  • Developed a new resource for technical support of NJDOT safety and engineering staff.
  • Created a user friendly safety data warehouse to provide on-line safety data and analysis to local stakeholders Statewide.

To support SHSP implementation at all levels, New Jersey identified a need to increase technical safety support to local agencies. The Transportation Safety Resource Center (TSRC) was established by hiring a professional safety engineer from outside the university and by securing funding through the HSIP using State planning and research (SPR) funds. Rutgers University initially proposed the establishment of a research center to provide local technical assistance and training. FHWA suggested NJDOT be involved as a partner. NJDOT recommended that instead of establishing the center to conduct research, it would be more beneficial as an operating entity of NJDOT in helping to support SHSP implementation.

The TSRC at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) now serves as a one-stop shop for technical support to local governments on engineering, planning, training, and outreach. This assistance has been particularly important in the development and deployment of safety initiatives to implement the SHSP. The TSRC’s engineering support services include needs assessments and recommendations on low-cost countermeasures. The TSRC helps local agencies enhance crash data processing, conduct safety analysis, and develop data mining applications. The Center also provides technical support to the Safety Conscious Planning Network, which supports SHSP implementation at the regional level.

The TSRC has partnered with the NJ Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at Rutgers CAIT to develop and deliver training programs and technical assistance on crash data analysis using advanced decision support systems. Additional training has been provided on traffic signal design, electrical signal design, road safety audits, and guardrail design.

Results

The TSRC has helped local agencies improve their safety analysis capabilities. With support from the Center, local agencies have been able to effectively disseminate traffic safety data to support local safety initiatives and grant applications such as developing and implementing a larger number of “quick-fix,” low-cost safety projects. TSRC resources have enabled local stakeholders to develop better NJDOT project submittals, which include safety needs and potential solutions, allowing for a more efficient response.

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Contact:
Sarah Weissman
Program Manager
Transportation Safety Resource Center
732-445-0579, Ext. 135
scweiss@rutgers.edu

Publication Year: 2010

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