During a recent webinar the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety explained how usRAP is transitioning from pilot projects to become an operational program.
Having demonstrated through a three-phase pilot period how it can complement existing safety management programs in Iowa, Michigan, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico and Utah, usRAP is now moving to provide strategic support for road agencies and build a network of private sector, consultant and university partners.
Training is being offered for highway agency staff and partners to gain certification to produce usRAP maps for integrated into state strategic highway safety plans.
Assessments that particularly focus on affordable safety countermeasures have recently been completed for roads in Michigan (535 mi) and Kentucky (212 mi) and new assessments are underway or planned for Illinois (up to 300 mi for each of 8 counties), State Highways in Kentucky, county roads in Iowa and Alabama, and roads under tribal jurisdiction in Michigan.
As part of efforts to build understanding about the relative role of the tools available to road safety practioners, a TRB paper that compares the usRAP Tools software, the FHWA systemic safety tool and road safety audits is being prepared.
In Utah, usRAP, ESRI and the Department of Transport are developing a GIS-based tool that will apply the usRAP risk mapping protocol, develop usRAP safer roads investment plans, and identify behavioral-based safety improvements.
For more information about usRAP, please visit www.usrap.us.