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Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program Funding

WSDOT Local Programs provides federal safety money to jurisdictions in Washington State to use engineering countermeasures to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions. We analyze fatal and serious injury collision data and then invite the jurisdictions that meet specific crash criteria to apply for funding.
 
Funds come from the Highway Safety Improvement (HSIP) Program in the Federal Transportation Act, currently known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). MAP-21 is the federal legislation for highway and transit programs. HSIP is a Federal Highway Administration program that is administered by Local Programs. The program 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. Serious injuries include broken bones other than minor bones (fingers/toes), major head trauma, internal injuries, loss of consciousness, etc. People with serious injuries typically need to visit a hospital, often by ambulance. Learn more about HSIP.

Local Programs has four funding programs. The following provides information about our current funding opportunities and projects that have been awarded in past years.

For the status of a specific project, please use our Find a Local Project feature.

1. City Safety Program

Goal

The goal of the program is to fund the design/preliminary engineering, right-of-way, and construction phases of projects that will use engineering countermeasures to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions on:

  • city streets in cities of any population
  • state highways that serve as arterials within cities with population above 25,000.

2014 program

In March, 2014 WSDOT invited cities to apply for $37 million in funding. Applications were due on July 16, 2014 and projects will be announced in December, 2014.

Projects funded in past years 

  • 2012: 77 projects in 40 cities, totalling $50.1 million. This has resulted in more than 75 projects.
  • 2009: 26 projects in 19 cities, totalling $8.9 million.
  • 2006: 16 projects in 12 cities, totalling $5.9 million.

For more information

Contact the Traffic Services Manager.

2. County Safety Program

Goal

The goal of the program is to fund the design/preliminary engineering, right-of-way, and construction phases of projects that will use engineering countermeasures to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions on county roads.

2014 program

In March, 2014, WSDOT invited counties to apply for $28 million in funding. Applications were due on June 30, 2014 and projects will be announced in September, 2014.

Projects funded in past years

  • 2010: Funded all 39 counties, totalling $45 million. This has resulted in more than 100 projects.
  • 2009: 32 projects in 19 counties, totalling $11.4 million.
  • 2006: 101 projects in 26 counties, totalling $15.1 million.
  • 2005: 17 projects in 13 counties, totalling $6.5 million.

For more information

Contact the Technical Services Manager.

3. Quick Response Safety Program

Goal

The goal of the program is to fund the construction phase of projects that meet two criteria:

  1. Using engineering countermeasures, reduce fatal and serious collisions on local roads and streets and state highways that serve as city arterials within any local jurisdiction. This can be either at intersection or midblock spot locations, along a corridor, or in widespread locations throughout one or more parts of the jurisdiction.
  2. Get safety projects on the ground quickly. WSDOT and the Federal Highway Administration must be able to obligate construction funds by a certain date.

Next program

No funding is available at this time or anticipated for the near future. Funding is offered when overall HSIP program delivery needs require it. Please check back later for more information.

2013 program

We funded 54 projects in 25 cities and 14 counties, totalling $26.7 million. This has resulted in 45 projects.

For more information, please contact the Traffic Services Manager.


4. City/County Corridor Safety Pgrm

Goal

The goal of the City/County Corridor Safety Program is to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions in local communities in Washington State. The program uses low cost, near term solutions to improve traffic safety. These include engineering, enforcement, education, encouragement, and emergency services solutions.

Funding Source

Local Programs provides funding for engineering solutions. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission and our partners provide grants and resources for enforcement, education, encouragement, and emergency services solutions.

Our Partners

Local Programs and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission run the program with the following partners:

  • Local citizens
  • Local businesses
  • Local schools and other organizations
  • Local leaders
  • State Patrol, sheriff offices, and police departments
  • State Liquor Control Board
  • State Department of Licensing
  • State and county health departments
  • State, county, and city public works departments
  • Federal Highway Administration as a funding partner

Current Projects

  • City of Seattle - Lake City Way (SR 522)
  • City of Union Gap and City of Yakima - 1st Street/Main Street and Nob Hill Boulevard

Completed Projects

  • City of Seattle - Aurora Corridor (SR 99), 2008-2011
  • City of Seattle - Rainier Avenue South, 2006-2008
  • City of Vancouver- Fourth Plain Traffic Safety Corridor, 2004-2006
  • City of Vancouver - NE 112th Ave, 2009-2011
  • City of Vancouver - Mill Plain Traffic Safety Corridor, 2006-2008
  • Kittitas County - Kittitas/Vantage Highways, 2004-2008
  • Skagit County - SR 9 to SR 5 Corridor, 2008-2011

For more information

Contact the Technical Services Manager.