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Roadway Safety Professional Capacity Building Program

Local Road Safety Peer Exchange – Region 4

Document No. FHWA-SA-15-045
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March 6-7, 2013
Atlanta, Georgia

About the Peer Exchange

FHWA's RSPCB Peer-to-Peer Program (P2P) supports and sponsors peer exchanges and workshops hosted by agencies.

Date
March 6-7, 2013

Host
Georgia Department of Transportation

Participants
Representatives from:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • FHWA Office of Safety
  • FHWA Technology Partnerships Program
  • U.S. DOT Volpe Center

FHWA's Office of Safety sponsors P2P events. Learn more.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Background

2. Peer Exchange Proceedings

3. Highway Safety Improvement Program - Noteworthy Practices

4. Strategic Highway Safety Plan Noteworthy Practices

5. Opportunities for LTAP/TTAP Centers and Local Agency Involvement in the State Safety Program

6. Action Plan Highlights

7. Feedback and Suggestions

Appendix A: Event Participants

Appendix B: Agenda


1. Introduction and Background

This report provides a summary of the proceedings of the Local Road Safety Peer Exchange held in Atlanta, Georgia on March 6th and 7th, 2013. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored the Peer Exchange in coordination with Region 4 Local Technical Assistance Program. The purpose of the Peer Exchange was to facilitate the exchange of information on local road safety and explore opportunities for greater coordination and communication between FHWA, State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), Local Technical Assistance Program Centers (LTAPs), regional and local officials/practitioners within the States in the region. The Peer Exchange covered three key topics:

  • Increasing local agencies' participation in the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP);
  • Encouraging local involvement in the development and implementation of the State's Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs); and
  • Improving interagency collaboration.

Representatives from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Tennessee participated in the event (see Appendix A for the complete list of event participants).

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2. Peer Exchange Proceedings

The format of the Peer Exchange consisted of expert and peer presentations on State practices, facilitated discussions, and break-out sessions (see Appendix B for the full agenda). At the end of the second day, participants met with colleagues in their respective States to develop action plans covering the three key topics discussed. The action plans identified:

  • Strategies for consideration/implementation;
  • Resources needed for implementation; and
  • Champions to lead implementation.

A brief description of the peer exchange proceeding is provided below.

Welcoming Remarks

The FHWA Georgia Division Office Administrator welcomed participants to the Peer Exchange. He noted that approximately half of the 1,200 roadway fatalities that occur in Georgia each year occur on rural roads. He emphasized the important role played by FHWA and LTAPs in providing support to address local road safety. He explained that reducing crashes and fatalities that result from distracted driving is a priority for U.S. DOT.

The FHWA Office of Safety Local and Rural Road Safety (LRRS) Program Manager provided an overview of the workshop event and asked participants to introduce themselves and share their expectations. Expectations included:

  • To share ideas and learn from others;
  • To learn how to better coordinate with LTAPs;
  • To better understand FHWA programs;
  • To learn how to improve access to local safety data;
  • To find more effective ways to address local and rural roadway safety; and
  • To learn how to better support and coordinate with local and rural public agencies.

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Overview

The FHWA Office of Safety HSIP Program Coordinator gave an overview of HSIP, a core Federal-aid program that funds highway safety improvement projects on all public roads. She also reviewed changes to the program under Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). HSIP is a Federally-funded, State-administered program. The purpose of the program is to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.

The HSIP promotes a roadway safety management process that creates a systematic and repeatable process for identifying projects that target the areas of greatest need and result in defendable decisions. A comprehensive roadway safety management program includes both site analysis (i.e. high crash locations) and systemic approaches. The systemic approach can often have the greatest benefits for local and rural roads and vulnerable road users. Program funding in each State is guided by comprehensive, data-driven, statewide strategic highway safety plans.

To be eligible for HSIP funding, projects must meet certain criteria. An HSIP funded project must:

  • Address priorities identified in the SHSP;
  • Be identified through a data-driven process;
  • Target an identified safety issue; and
  • Contribute to a reduction in fatalities and serious injuries.

An ongoing goal of the HSIP program is to encourage an appropriate distribution of funds to address safety issues on locally owned roads. Approximately 20 States currently set aside HSIP funds for local safety projects. There are a number of ways State DOTs can engage LTAP Centers and local agencies to identify potential HSIP projects on local roads. For example, State DOTs can support the development of local road safety plans or create simple, on-line application forms for potential HSIP projects. State DOTs can also encourage an appropriate level of funding for local safety projects by setting aside funding for local road safety projects, for example.

There have been several changes to the HSIP program under MAP-21. MAP-21 doubles HSIP funding and increases the flexibility of the use of HSIP funds. MAP-21 removes limits on the use of HSIP for non-infrastructure projects. It explicitly permits the use of HSIP funds on retro-reflectivity projects regardless of whether or not they are included in an applicable state SHSP and prohibits the use of HSIP for automated enforcement. HSIP MAP-21 Interim Eligibility Guidance is available at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/guidance/guidehsip.cfm.

FHWA provides technical assistance, training and a variety of resources to support State administration of the HSIP program including, but not limited to: National Highway Institute (NHI) courses, peer exchanges on noteworthy practices, and HSIP program assessments.

LTAP Safety Data Program Performance

The Program Administrator for the LTAP/Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) from the FHWA Office of Technology Services presented an overview of the activities and accomplishments of LTAP/TTAP Centers across the country. LTAP/TTAPs provide technical assistance to local agencies in four general areas: safety, workforce development, worker safety, and infrastructure management. FHWA works closely with the National LTAP Association (NLTAPA) to conduct outreach and identify opportunities for partnership.

Safety is a priority issue for the national LTAP/TTAP program and LTAP Centers have increasingly focused on highway safety and worker safety in recent years. The national LTAP/TTAP program has identified a number of opportunities for LTAP/TTAPs to assist local officials in meeting roadway safety needs. Those opportunities include:

  • Performing roadway safety audits;
  • Assessing, reviewing and analyzing crash data;
  • Assisting with the development of local road safety plans;
  • Conducting local agency outreach programs; and
  • Representing locals in the SHSP planning process.

Integrating Road Safety Audits in the Safety Process

A representative from the FHWA Resource Center explained how road safety audits (RSAs) can be integrated into the local road safety planning process. To conduct an RSA, an independent multidisciplinary team performs a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection. RSAs consider data from a variety of sources, including anecdotal data, to investigate the factors affecting safety at a site. RSAs identify potential safety problems resulting from human, road and vehicle factors and recommend feasible solutions to the problems. RSAs can be conducted at known high-crash sites, high-profile sites, or sites with changed traffic characteristics. RSAs can be a helpful tool when used in conjunction with HSIP program funding to identify and address safety problems on local roads. There are a number of resources related to RSAs, including sample RSA reports, available on the FHWA Office of Safety website.

State Summary Presentations

Representatives from each state presented an overview of their respective State's local road safety issues, highlighting challenges and State practices associated with safety data, management of the Highway Safety Improvement Program, and local involvement in the SHSP. The presentations were followed by a roundtable discussion of noteworthy practices mentioned in the presentations. Examples of noteworthy practices highlighted by participants included:

  • Alabama DOT has created a database with a secure web portal interface that houses crash records and a limited set of geometric data. They use this database to identify safety hotspots and analyze systemic safety issues. Alabama DOT is exploring ways to increase the involvement of county engineers in safety programs and to evaluate the effectiveness of different low-cost countermeasures in addressing crashes.
  • Florida DOT works with Community Traffic Safety Teams, locally based groups of highway safety advocates who are committed to solving traffic safety problems through a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary approach, to increase local input into the use of State-administered HSIP funds.
  • Georgia DOT is working to improve the quality of road and crash data to aid in benefit/cost analysis for safety investment decisions.
  • Kentucky DOT relies on a Safety Circuit Rider Program to disseminate safety information and provide technical assistance to local governments. Kentucky's LTAP provides training and technical assistance to local public agencies on topics such as sign improvements.
  • Mississippi DOT is working to improve the quality of crash location data using the TeleAtlas Road Network.
  • North Carolina DOT provides local government officials with free software and training to use the state crash data analysis system. They are collaborating with the University of North Carolina to provide training on low-cost safety improvements to local officials.
  • Puerto Rico's Traffic Safety Commission is working directly with communities and in concert with nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of traffic safety issues. Puerto Rico LTAP Center has been collaborating with the Puerto Rico DOT and Municipalities to provide training and technical assistance in safety related areas, including MUTCD Part 6, road safety 365 and national Every Day Counts initiatives in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. The LTAP Director is also involved in raising road user awareness as the designated Spokesperson for the Decade of Action of Road Safety in Puerto Rico. Collaboration with the local Institute of Transportation Engineers and the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico in safety related matters for crash prevention and awareness initiatives was also highlighted as a noteworthy practice.
  • South Carolina DOT is focused on improving collection of local roadway and crash data to improve analysis of traffic safety risks. South Carolina DOT developed new electronic crash reporting software for data collection and shared that software with local agencies.
  • Tennessee DOT completed 60 RSAs on local roads over the past 3 years. The results of RSAs help to guide High Risk Rural Road (HRRR) program funding for 20 safety projects on local rural roads.

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3. Highway Safety Improvement Program - Noteworthy Practices

Participants heard from select peers regarding strategies to improve local involvement in the HSIP. These presentations were followed by a break-out group discussion highlighting challenges and opportunities to improve safety on local roads using HSIP funding.

Kentucky Noteworthy Practices

Through the Safety Circuit Rider Program, Kentucky LTAP offers technical assistance and training to local agencies on low-cost safety improvements. Training topics include: roadway departure/fixed object crashes, intersection crashes, and pedestrian-related crashes. Kentucky LTAP has helped six local governments by: analyzing crash data and identifying crash locations; performing RSAs; conducting low-cost safety improvement workshops; and documenting and disseminating information about the interventions and safety conditions. HRRR funds are used in conjunction with Safety Circuit Rider program to fund improvements on horizontal curve alignments, training for local agencies, and to support a curve evaluation equipment loan program.

Tennessee Noteworthy Practices

The Tennessee DOT Project Safety Office is responsible for providing crash statistics, identifying potential locations for safety improvements, and analyzing crash data for internal and external stakeholders. The Project Safety Office recently completed an inventory of all roads statewide and linked that inventory to crash data. In order to maintain the most current information possible, local road data is updated every 3 to 5 years using large vans equipped with a quasi-lidar system. This process allows for greater accuracy in identifying crashes and possible crash causes.

The Project Safety Office sponsors road safety audits to identify and study potential safety improvements at locations identified through analysis of crash data. A variety of safety programs are used to plan and fund improvements to local roads including: the HRRR program, the Local Roads Safety Initiative, and the Roadway Departure Action Plan. The Project Safety Office has worked to streamline the process so that construction contracts are approved within a year after the problem has been identified.

Florida Noteworthy Practices

In Florida, the City of Saint Petersburg plays a significant role in planning and implementing HSIP-funded road safety projects. Florida DOT allocates HSIP funding to each of its seven districts. The Tampa Bay DOT District delivers HSIP funds directly to local agencies, where safety teams formed with district personnel and consultants assist with safety project development. Florida DOT has created and distributed a local agency safety funding guide that details the HSIP process. In addition, Florida DOT hosts an annual safety summit to provide safety guidance and support to local transportation safety personnel.

The City of Saint Petersburg is an FHWA focus city for pedestrian crashes, bicycle crashes, and intersection crashes. Red-light running is a major contributor to all types of crashes. The City has been expanding its bicycle network, consequently bicycle use and bicycle safety issues have increased. The City has implemented a successful red-light camera program to combat crashes at intersections. In addition, the City has institutionalized safety policies and practices. Support from elected officials in Saint Petersburg has been an essential element in bringing safety improvement projects to fruition.

FDOT has approved HSIP funding for four safety projects within the City and provided a range of technical support. The projects have included a safety redesign of an S-curve on a local collector, construction of right turn lanes from interstate freeway access, and intersection redesign. The use of benefit-cost ratios and a general data-driven approach, as opposed to previous non-quantitative reactionary techniques, have strengthened the City's program. It was noted, however, that benefit-cost ratios are not the sole indicator for project selection; road safety projects in Saint Petersburg are each evaluated on their own merit, with applications increasing in recent years.

Break-out Group Discussion

Table 1 summarizes the results of facilitated discussions on the challenges of local agency involvement in the HSIP and strategies to address challenges and priorities.

Table 1. Local Involvement in the Highway Safety Improvement Program: Challenges and Strategies

Challenges Strategies
  • Lack of crash and roadway characteristics data for local roads makes it difficult to identify and analyze safety risks
  • Local agencies may not have the expertise or capacity to identify and deliver safety projects that meet State and Federal requirements
  • Local road safety projects compete with state road safety projects for funding and other resources and States are not required to spend HSIP funds on local roads
  • Local agencies may not understand application processes for HSIP funding
  • Local agencies are often unaware of federal funding opportunities
  • Limited knowledge of local road characteristics, making pinpointing safety issues difficult
  • Find a champion for local road safety projects to increase support and visibility of safety issues
  • Use pilot projects to educate public and elected officials about local road safety
  • Connect the SHSP to local road safety priorities
  • Ensure local participation on the SHSP Executive Committee
  • Establish road safety training requirements as a perquisite to receiving funding
  • Establish an online HSIP application process
  • Set aside funding for safety on local roads
  • Use statewide contracts to develop and implement local road safety projects
  • Allocate resources to the collection and analysis of local road safety data
  • Work to establish a safety culture
  • Find ways to incorporate data from hospitals and emergency responders

Roundtable Discussion on Safety Focus Areas

FHWA led a roundtable discussion on FHWA's safety focus areas. FHWA asked participants how the Focus State/City experience could better engage LTAP/TTAP Centers and local practitioners.

Participants offered several suggestions and noteworthy practices for engaging locals in Focus States/Cities. Participants reported that the experience of Focus States is that staff from rural counties within close proximity of larger cities attend trainings, conferences, and seminars, but otherwise rural personnel do not attend. For those States that develop implementation plans to address safety focus areas, it is beneficial to involve, at a minimum, the LTAP Coordinator. Local agency staff should be invited to participate in FHWA-sponsored training workshops. To engage locals in roadway departure issues, States can work with LTAPs to develop curve safety action plans, address signage issues, and develop new edge treatments.

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4. Strategic Highway Safety Plan Noteworthy Practices

Participants heard from select peers regarding strategies to improve local involvement in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

Georgia Noteworthy Practices

The Operations Manager for Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) explained the role of the GOHS in developing and implementing the Georgia SHSP. Since the creation of the GOHS, Georgia has seen 6 consecutive years of reductions in traffic fatalities. The role of the Safety Office is to provide safety education and implement other safety-related strategies.

The SHSP is a “roadmap,” to align program areas, organizations, and stakeholders' involvement. The SHSP includes “4 safety E's,” is data driven, and aligns all safety plans, including the GOHS Highway Safety Plan, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Plan, and other safety plans. Implementation of the SHSP is guided by 12 task teams aligned to the emphasis areas of the SHSP that report to the Operations Manager at GDOT.

GDOT and the GOHS have embraced the “Toward Zero Deaths” goal which emphasizes that every death is important to someone, and therefore should be important to society as a whole. Program objectives include:

  • Developing a statewide fatality reduction goal;
  • Increasing stakeholder involvement in the development of SHSP task teams, and
  • Developing an SHSP marketing campaign.

GOHS is working with the Georgia LTAP to improve work zone and traffic safety and enhance local agency involvement in the SHSP. GOHS plans to educate local agencies on various safety programs and encourage them to develop strategic safety plans.

Alabama Noteworthy Practices

The Elmore County Engineer addressed county government involvement in Alabama's SHSP. Roadway departure is a major focus area for local road safety in Alabama. A significant portion (42%) of run-off-the road accidents in Alabama occurs on county roads. County roads tend to be older than state roads and they are more likely to have attributes that increase the risk of run-off-the road crashes.

Elmore County is conducting a pilot study to determine the magnitude of the run-off-the road problem on county roads and to generate cost-effective solutions for addressing this crash type on county roads. With the support of the University Transportation Center for Alabama, the County mapped every crash on Elmore County Roads. The County then analyzed these crashes and identified cost-effective measures to address the issue.

The County also participates in a number of ALDOT's safety education and outreach initiatives including:

  • Low-cost safety countermeasure and road safety audit training;
  • CARE (Community Analysis Response Evaluation) Model Training; and
  • Partnering with National Association of County Organizations (NACO), National Association of County Engineers (NACE), and FHWA to sponsor safety summits for elected officials.

ALDOT has adopted several noteworthy practices to help Counties address safety on their roads. Alabama DOT dedicates HRRR funds to counties. Guidelines for the distribution of HRRR funds are established by a committee consisting of representatives from FHWA, Alabama DOT, and Alabama County engineers and there is a formal application process. Alabama DOT has supported the use of low cost systemic safety treatments by counties such as safety edge, centerline rumble strips, striping and signing improvements, and guardrail installation. Finally, Alabama DOT is working to improve crash data and map crash locations to support the identification of county safety projects.

National Noteworthy Practices

A representative for FHWA presented examples and led a discussion on noteworthy practices for involving locals in the SHSP process:

  • Minnesota has established data-driven County Road Safety Plans, which are aligned to the SHSP.
  • Maryland hosts a Statewide Safety Summit where MPOs, Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) and representative from State counties review and discuss safety data.
  • Louisiana is supporting the development of Regional Safety Action Plans by regional safety coalitions.
  • The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has developed safety action plans at the regional level which are used to identify and monitor safety issues.
  • Iowa LTAP conducts outreach using local-level focus groups, comprised of local agencies, engineers, law enforcement, and academics, to develop a list of safety priorities which are then presented to Iowa DOT for adoption in the SHSP.
  • Virginia DOT, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and law enforcement personnel travel around the state meeting with local agencies to gather input for the SHSP.

After the series of presentations and some group discussion about the SHSP process and involving local agencies, a second breakout session took place. The groups generated ideas about the challenges of local involvement and strategies to both involve local personnel and maintain local interest. Table 2 summarizes the result of facilitated discussions on the challenges of local agency involvement in the SHSP process, and strategies to address these challenges.

Table 2. Local Agency Involvement in the SHSP: Challenges and Noteworthy Practices

Challenges Noteworthy Practices
  • Local agencies may not see the benefits of participating in SHSP
  • Local agencies may not be aware of the SHSP process
  • Locals may be unable to travel to safety seminars, meetings, and conferences
  • Local agencies have diverse interests
  • State DOTs may prioritize state roads over local roads
  • Local agencies lack the staff capacity to participate in SHSP processes
  • Turnover in local agency personnel can make it difficult to sustain local engagement in SHSP processes
  • Dedicate safety funding to local roads as an incentive to participate in SHSP processes
  • Actively market the SHSP
  • Identify local champions for road safety
  • Encourage the development of local and regional road safety plans
  • Utilize the LTAP to represent local interests and identify local champions
  • Hold SHSP meetings in conjunction with professional association meetings
  • Use teleconferences and webinars to engage locals that cannot travel
  • Use road shows to bring safety training to local personnel
  • Use surveys to collect local perspectives on safety issues
  • Use data to determine local road safety needs
  • Use non-technical language to promote local road safety
  • Create safety service announcements for targeted audiences discussing targeted road safety trainings
  • Invite local stakeholders to safety summits
  • Educate newly-elected officials in local road safety techniques
  • Encourage local representation on SHSP executive committees
  • Engage universities as resources for local road safety

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5. Opportunities for LTAP/TTAP Centers and Local Agency Involvement in the State Safety Program

After each group reported back from their respective breakout sessions, the facilitator led a roundtable discussion on engaging the LTAP/TTAP Centers and local practitioners to improve local road safety. Participants were encouraged to note important ideas about how to involve local personnel in the state safety process. They identified the following noteworthy practices:

  • Work with the State LTAP to educate local agencies;
  • Work with elected officials regarding SHSP giving them specific information about their jurisdictions;
  • Work with LTAP/TTAP Centers to develop responsive websites for registering safety concerns;
  • Maintain current database of contacts for safety-related personnel;
  • Use public information open houses to advertise local safety projects;
  • Use social media and public outreach to discuss role of safety in proposed projects during public comment period;
  • Engage in data sharing between groups and market that data sharing, using non-technical terminology in discussions;
  • Work with LTAP/TTAP Centers to coordinate safety summits and other major events;
  • Provide educational workshops and seminars on safety topics;
  • Bring in good facilitators and presenters to have largest impact on audiences;
  • Expand reach of safety summits and seminars, while understanding current education needs of LTAPs;
  • Establish a local advisory committee on safety facilitated by LTAP;
  • Use surveys to both increase awareness of LTAP existence and assess the needs of local agencies;
  • Use NHI course materials to provide training to local agencies; and
  • Use the FHWA peer exchange program to learn noteworthy practices in other States.

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6. Action Plan Highlights

Each State group was tasked with developing an overall Action Plan that outlines strategies to improve their local road safety program, resources to be employed in the implementation of identified strategies, and a champion to assist in moving forward. Representatives from each State reported out to the group the results of their action planning sessions.

Key actions included:

  • Establish a statewide agreement to identify and develop local safety projects;
  • Establish a road safety audit program;
  • Raise public awareness of Towards Zero Deaths through a marketing campaign;
  • Evaluate crash data at a county level to determine local priorities;
  • Establish an Executive Safety Steering Committee;
  • Host a local roads safety summit;
  • Establish a safety circuit rider program; and
  • Work with MPOs to hold regional safety summits.

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7. Feedback and Suggestions

In their evaluations, participants appreciated the opportunity to learn about what other states are doing. Many participants left the peer exchange motivated to improve communication with local safety stakeholders in their State. Several learned about new funding and training opportunities. They found the greatest benefit of the peer exchange was to learn from and network with their peers.

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Appendix A: Event Participants

Volpe/FHWA Contractor
Craig Allred
Transportation Specialist
FHWA Resource Center
Business Phone: 720-963-3236
Business Email: craig.allred@dot.gov
Aaron Jette
Community Planner
Volpe/U.S. DOT
Business Phone: 617-494-2335
Business Email: aaron.jette@dot.gov
Rosemarie Anderson
Transportation Specialist
FHWA Office of Safety
Business Phone: 202-366-5007
Business Email: rosemarie.anderson@dot.gov
Karen Scurry
Transportation Specialist
FHWA Office of Safety
Business Phone: 609-637-4207
Business Email: karen.scurry@dot.gov
Todd Carroll
Transportation Analyst
V-TRAC/Volpe Transportation Systems
Fawn Thompson
Program Manager
FHWA - Technology Partnership Programs
Business Phone: 404-562-3917
Business Email: fawn.thompson@dot.gov
Danena Gaines
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
FHWA Contractor
Business Phone: 404-460-2605
Business Email: dgaines@camsys.com
 
Alabama
Timothy Barnett
State Safety Operations Engineer
Alabama DOT
Business Phone: 334-353-6464
Business Email: barnettt@dot.state.al.us
Garry Havron
Region 4 Representative
Alabama LTAP
Business Phone: 334-844-5710
Business Email: ghavron@auburn.edu
Richie Beyer
County Engineer
Elmore County Commission
Business Phone: 334-567-1162
Business Email: wrbechd@elmore.rr.com
Benjie Sanders
County Engineer
Crenshaw County Highway Department
Business Phone: 334-335-2874
Business Email: cchd@troycable.net
Linda Guin
Safety & Technology Engineer
FHWA AL Division
Business Phone: 334-274-6353
Business Email: linda.guin@dot.gov
 
Florida
Felix Delgado
Safety Specialist
FHWA - Florida Division
Business Phone: 850-553-2229
Business Email: felix.delgado@dot.gov
John Goodknight
Executive Liaison, FACERS
(Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents)
Business Phone: 352-284-5717
Business Email: jgoodknight@bellsouth.net
Dennis Filloon
Consultant
The Filloon Group, LLC
Business Phone: 850-510-0095
Business Email: dennis5846@earthlink.net
Joseph Santos
State Safety Engineer
Florida DOT
Business Phone: 850-245-1502
Business Email: joseph.santos@dot.state.fl.us
Michael Frederick
Transportation Manager
City of St. Petersburg
Business Phone: 727-893-7843
Business Email: michael.frederick@stpete.org
Scott Tison
Client Relations, Florida LTAP
Gainesville, Florida
Business Phone: 352-273-1661
Business Email: sitison@ufl.edu
Georgia
Randy Clayton
Operations Manager
Governor's Office of Highway Safety
Business Phone: 404-651-8503
Business Email: rclayton@gohs.ga.gov
Kevin Perry
LTAP Director
GDOT
Business Phone: 770-387-5436 or 404-507-3435
Business Email: kperry@dot.ga.gov
Derrick Crowder
Signal System Manager
City of Roswell
Business Phone: 678-639-7546
Business Email: dcrowder@roswellgov.com
Landon Perry, PE
Design Engineer III
Georgia Department of Transportation
Business Phone: 404-635-2461
Business Email: laperry@dot.ga.gov
Tamaya Huff
State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Georgia DOT
Business Phone: 404-635-2882
Business Email: thuff@dot.ga.gov
Brandi Peck
Transportation Engineer
Douglas County DOT
Business Phone: 678-626-5645
Business Email: bpeck@co.douglas.ga.us
Keary Lord
Assistant Director
Douglas County DOT
Business Phone: 678-715-5372
Business Email: klord@co.douglas.ga.us
Muhammad Rauf
City Traffic Engineer
City of Roswell
Business Phone: 404-787-8014
Business Email: mrauf@roswellgov.com
Greg Morris
Safety, ITS, & Traffic Engineer
Federal Highway Administration
Business Phone: 404-562-3619
Business Email: greg.morris@dot.gov
Michael Turpeau, Jr.
State Safety Program Supervisor
Georgia Department of Transportation
Business Phone: 404-635-2831
Business Email: mturpeau@dot.ga.gov
Emmanuella Myrthil
Safety Program Coor/Manager
Georgia Department of Transportation
Business Phone: 404-635-2824
Business Email: emyrthil@dot.ga.gov
Kathren Zahul
State Traffic Engineer
Georgia DOT
Business Phone: 404-635-2828
Business Email: kzahul@dot.ga.gov
Kentucky
Ken Agent
Safety Research Engineer
Kentucky Transportation Center
Business Phone: 859-257-4507
Business Email: ken.agent@uky.edu
Martha Horseman
KY LTAP Director
University of Kentucky - KY Transportation Center
Business Phone: 859-257-4531
Business Email: martha.horseman@uky.edu
Duane Campbell
Boyle County Engineer
Boyle County Public Works Department
Business Phone: 859-319-4802
Business Email: dcampbell@boyleky.us
Tracy Lovell
Transportation Engineer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Business Phone: 502-564-3020
Business Email: tracy.lovell@ky.gov
Mississippi
Teresa Bridges
Safety Engineer
FHWA - MS Division
Business Phone: 601-965-7325
Business Email: teresa.bridges@dot.gov
Shirley Johnson
LTAP Coordinator
Mississippi Department of Transportation
Business Phone: 601-359-7698
Business Email: ssjohnson@mdot.ms.gov
Daniel Helms
Traffic Safety Engineering Manager
Mississippi DOT
Business Phone: 601-359-1454
Business Email: dhelms@mdot.ms.gov
David Taylor
Planning Director
Gulf Regional Planning Commission
Business Phone: 228-864-1167
Business Email: dtaylor@grpc.com
North Carolina
James Martin
Director NC LTAP
NC State University
Business Phone: 919-515-8620
Business Email: jbm@ncsu.edu
Joe Wilson
Transportation Director
City of Concord
Business Phone: 704-920-5362
Business Email: wilsonj@concordnc.gov
Puerto Rico
Cándido Camacho
Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority
Business Phone: 787-244-4295
Business Email: ccamacho@dtop.gov.pr
Roberto Silva
Operation Director
Municipality of Guaynabo
Business Phone: 787-720-4040 ext. 3100
Business Email: rsilva@guaynabocity.gov.pr
Benjamin Colucci
Director, Puerto Rico LTAP Center
Business Phone: 787-834-6385 Exts. 3393 & 3403
Business Email: benjamin.colucci1@upr.edu
 
South Carolina
Jim Burati
Director, SC LTAP Center
Clemson, SC
Business Phone: 864-656-3315
Business Email: jlbrt@clemson.edu
Colin Kinton
County Traffic and Transportation Engineer
Beaufort County
Business Phone: 843-255-2940
Business Email: ckinton@bcgov.net
Dan Hinton
Safety & Traffic Engineer
FHWA - SC Division
Business Phone: 803-253-3887
Business Email: daniel.hinton@dot.gov
Joey Riddle
Safety Program Engineer
SCDOT
Business Phone: 803-737-3582
Business Email: riddlejd@scdot.org
Tennessee
Matthew Cate
Technical Assistance Coordinator
TN LTAP/University of Tennessee
Business Phone: 865-974-4614
Business Email: mcate@utk.edu
Jessica Rich
Safety Engineer
FHWA - TN Division
Business Phone: 615-781-5788
Business Email: jessica.rich@dot.gov
Brian Hurst
Transportation Safety Manager
Tennessee DOT
Business Phone: 615-253-2433
Business Email: brian.hurst@tn.gov
John Sexton, PE
Staff Transportation Engineer
Knox County Dept. of Engineering and Public Works
Business Phone 865-215-5860
Business Email: john.sexton@knoxcounty.org
Airton Kohls
Research Associate
UT Center for Transportation Research
Business Phone: 865-974-0298
Business Email: akohls@utk.edu
 

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Appendix B: Agenda

Region 4 - Local Road Safety Peer Exchange Agenda
Atlanta, GA - March 6 and 7, 2013

March 6

8:00 A.M Welcoming Remarks - Rodney Barry, Division Administrator, FHWA
Workshop Overview - Rosemarie Anderson, FHWA Office of Safety
8:30 A.M. Participant Introductions
9:00 A.M.

Presentations

  • Highway Safety Improvement Program Overview (MAP 21) - Karen Scurry, HSIP Program Manager, FHWA
  • LTAP Safety Data Program Performance - Fawn Thompson, LTAP/TTAP Program, TPP, FHWA
  • Integrating RSAs in the Safety Process - Craig Allred, Resource Center, FHWA
10:00 A.M. Break
10:15 A.M. State Presentations
Brief presentation by each state on local safety efforts in data collection and analysis, SHSP, HSIP and focus state efforts - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee
12:15 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. Facilitated Roundtable Discussion
Noteworthy practices from the state presentations
1:45 P.M. Presentations

Highway Safety Improvement Program - Administration, Project Selection, Collaboration, Allocation of Funds to Locals/Tribes

  • Martha Horseman, KY LTAP
  • Brian Hurst, TN DOT
  • Michael Frederick, City of St Petersburg, FL; Dennis Filloon, The Filloon Group, LLC
2:45 P.M. Break
3:00 P.M. Breakout Groups

Highway Safety Improvement Program Project Selection and Implementation

  • Challenges to Allocating Funds to Locals
  • Strategies Addressing Identified Challenges
  • Managing Local Projects
  • Identify Each Agencies' Role
4:00 P.M. Report Back
4:30 P.M.

Facilitated Roundtable Discussion
Safety Focus Areas

  • Engaging LTAP/TTAP Centers and Local/Tribal Practitioners
  • Challenges
  • Best Practices
5:15 P.M. Wrap Up

March 7

8:00 A.M Recap of Day 1
8:30 A.M. Presentations

Strategic Highway Safety Plans - LTAP and Local Agency involvement in the State SHSP process - Development, Implementation & Marketing

  • Randy Clayton, Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety
  • Richie Beyer, Elmore County, Alabama
  • Danena Gaines, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
9:30 A.M Breakout Groups

SHSP and Local Involvement Challenges

  • Challenges getting local involvement
  • Is the SHSP tailored for local involvement?
  • Strategies to get locals involved and maintain their interest
10:30 A.M. Break
10:45 A.M Report Back
11:15 A.M Facilitated Roundtable Discussion
Opportunities for LTAP/TTAP Centers and Local Agency Involvement in State Safety Program
12:00 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M Action Planning - Breakout Groups by State
Each State will develop an Action Plan based on Lessons Learned
2:30 P.M. Report Back
3:15 P.M Facilitated Roundtable Discussion - Action Plan Implementation
Strategies for Moving Forward in making Local Roads Safer in Each State based on the Plans
3:45 P.M. Wrap Up (Next Steps), Adjourn

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