LRSPs provide local & rural road owners a way to address unique highway safety needs
Approximately 75% of rural roads are owned by local agencies, and while local roads are less traveled than state highways they have a much higher rate of fatal and serious injury crashes. Developing a Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) is an effective strategy to improving local road safety for all road users while also supporting the goals of a state’s overall Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).
Although the development process and resulting plan can vary significantly depending upon local agency needs, available resources, and targeted crash types, aspects that are common to all LRSPs include:
Local road agencies should consider developing an LRSP to be used as a tool for reducing roadway fatalities, injuries, and crashes. In California, agencies must complete an LRSP (or equivalent) as part of a compliance package to access Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) federal aid funds.
Ready to get started? The National Center for Rural Road Safety has prepared an excellent step-by-step guide to help you prepare a Local Road Safety Plan, and offers a collection of tools and videos to walk you through the process. Use these and the resources at the right to make your efforts efficient and successful.
A Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) provides a framework for identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing safety improvements on local roads. The LRSP development process and content are tailored to local issues and needs.
The process results in a prioritized list of issues, risks, actions, and improvements that can be used to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on local roads.
FHWA has developed several resources including an LRSP Do-It-Yourself website which further explains the process and includes resources local agencies and their partners need to create and implement an LSRP.
25% reduction in county road fatalities in Minnesota
17% reduction in fatal and serious injury crashes on county-owned roads in Washington State
35% reduction in severe curve crashes in Thurston County, WA
In California, see Caltran's LRSP write-up
Visit the FHWA LRSP website
Access FHWA’s LRSP briefing sheets
Access FHWA’s Systemic Safety tool
Get FHWA’s LRSP development manual
Get the NACE LRSP PDF template
Explore the NCRRS how-to guides
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