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Nebraska Department of Roads and LTAPs Encourage Local Agency Participation in County Sign Installation Programs

Summary from Assessment of Local Road Safety Funding, Training, and Technical Assistance: Benefit/Cost Tool and Local Road Safety Manual

Publication Year: 2013


Background

The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) Local Projects Division and Nebraska Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center provide a systemic county sign installation program. Many of Nebraska's 93 counties do not have a county engineer. The program started because the State was receiving few High Risk Rural Roads Program (HRRRP) project applications. To encourage participation from local agencies, NDOR conducts a systemic safety analysis to identify potential sites (e.g., horizontal curves) for safety improvements based on risk. To market the program, the NDOR takes advantage of the Nebraska LTAP Center's contacts at local agencies throughout the State. The LTAP Center meets with the county superintendents and city supervisors and provides crash data and information about the project application process. Project site locations are selected by the counties. Counties agree to install signs according to the requirements of the Nebraska Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The Nebraska LTAP Center conducts spot checks to ensure proper installations.

Benefits

The program has helped Nebraska successfully obligate safety funds, especially the HRRRP. The program has received participation from 78 of Nebraska's 93 counties.

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Publication Year: 2013

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