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2014 County Safety Program: Call for Projects

WSDOT invites counties to apply for $28 million of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for safety projects. The purpose of the program is to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions using engineering countermeasures.

The program distributes Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds from the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. MAP-21 is the federal legislation for highway and transit programs. The HSIP requires that states program and spend safety funds according to their Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Washington State's plan is called Target Zero. Target Zero presents strategies to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions to zero by the year 2030. Learn more about HSIP.

WSDOT is continuing to focus the program on low-cost, widespread projects that will reduce the risk of fatal and serious injury collisions on the county roadway system. Safety project proposals should be based on the priorities in the county’s local road safety plan using a data-driven approach. More specifically the criteria are further defined as follows:

  • Only infrastructure-related improvements may be made with these funds.
  • These funds may not be used to pay for maintenance work.
  • Projects should be taken from a prioritized list developed from the county’s local road safety plan.
  • Federal safety funds are eligible to be spent on all public roads.

Eligible applicants

All counties who had fatal and serious injury crashes from 2008-2012 are eligible for funding.

Funding

$28 million of federal HSIP funds are available.

Match requirement

Projects require a 10 percent local match; projects that proceed to construction by September 30, 2016 are eligible for 100% funding for construction (no local match required for eligible federal expenditures).

Program requirements

Applicants are required to report quarterly on the status and expenditure plan of each project. Funds will be available starting October 1, 2014. Any project, once awarded, that has been inactive for nine months will be closed and funding repaid.

Grant Applications

  1. Applications may be downloaded as a Word file (docx 52 kb) or a
    pdf file (pdf 121 kb).
  2. Applications shall be submitted electronically to hlpgrants@wsdot.wa.gov .
  3. Electronic copies of the following are to be included in the submittal:
         a. Well-defined list of improvements being proposed, with specific locations listed under each improvement type (including road name, number, and milepost).
         b. Map of improvement locations.
         c. Complete application form.

Local Road Safety Plans

Before applying, please read the Local Safety Plan Description and Examples document, available as a Word file (docx 22 kb) or as a pdf file (pdf 205 kb). Please also attend a workshop at one of the following locations before applying. For more information, please contact your jurisdiction's Region Local Program Engineer.

  • Spokane: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
  • Port Orchard: Thursday, February 20, 2014
  • Burlington: Monday, February 24, 2014
  • Shoreline: Monday, February 24, 2014
  • Lakewood: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
  • Wenatchee: Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • Pasco: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  • Vancouver: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Submittal Process

Submittals must be sent by e-mail to hlpgrants@wsdot.wa.gov by June 30, 2014 by midnight. Paper submittals will not be accepted.

Program Contacts

Region Local Program Engineers  or Matthew Enders (Matthew.Enders@wsdot.wa.gov , 360-705-6907)

Selection Process

All proposals will be reviewed to ensure that they are complete and eligible for funding. Proposals will be evaluated for agreement/concurrence from WSDOT staff. Final approval of projects and grant awards will be made by the WSDOT Local Programs Director. Announcements/awards will be made by September 30, 2014.