MassDOT’s Road Safety Audit Program is highlighted in the Federal Highway Administration's Spring 2010 Newsletter on Road Safety Audits. Read the article below, and visit FHWA Road Safety Audit on the web.
Since 2007 MassDOT has conducted nearly 20 Road Safety Audits (RSA)s in locations identified as high lane-departure crash locations. The purpose of the RSAs was to identify short-term, low-cost fixes. In many instances, the identified countermeasures were installed or incorporated into larger projects. The countermeasures identified and recommended at these lane departure locations were often eligible for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding.
In 2008, MassDOT used RSAs to review high cross-median crash locations on divided highways, identify countermeasures, and prioritize projects for installation of barrier treatments. Cable barrier was recommended for four of the 20 locations and the installations will be constructed in the spring of 2010. Another two locations are presently under design.
The guidelines for Massachusetts HSIP Project Selection Criteria were finalized in December 2008. Recognizing the importance of RSAs,the guidelines state, “All HSIP candidate locations will require an accompanying Road Safety Audit (RSA) report, or an engineering or planning report to determine eligibility.”
For the 2009 HSIP program, RSAs were conducted at nearly 20 locations. Although the 2010 HSIP program has not yet been fully determined, 9 RSAs have been conducted to date under the new selection criteria. MassDOT is working on a database to track RSAs and countermeasure implementation so that effectiveness can be measured and the program evaluated.
In 2010, MassDOT will continue conducting RSAs at potential HSIP locations. Additionally, due to a recent increase in pedestrian fatalities and injuries, MassDOT is planning on focusing on pedestrians in the upcoming year by conducting RSAs at high pedestrian crash locations. For more information, contact: Lisa Schletzbaum, Road Safety Audit Coordinator, MassDOT, (617) 973-7685, Lisa.Schletzbaum@state.ma.us
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As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line, the MBTA is replacing the old railroad bridge over Route 62/Main Street in Concord with a new bridge to be rolled into place Saturday, August 29. The current bridge has low clearance and …Continue Reading Concord: New MBTA Commuter Rail Bridge to Roll into Place This Weekend