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Leading Practices in the use of the Highway Safety Manual: US Domestic Scan 16-01


Abstract:t This presentation will focus on the preliminary results of U.S. Domestic Scan 16-01-Leading Practices in the use of the Highway Safety Manual for Planning, Design and Operations. This Domestic Scan took place in the fall of 2017. The Scan team was composed of seven members who visited with nine different states that have incorporated aspects of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) into the project development process. These nine state participants included; Alabama DOT, Florida DOT, Illinois DOT, Louisiana DOT, Maine DOT, Michigan DOT, Missouri DOT, Ohio DOT, and Virginia DOT.

The objectives of this scan tour were to gather best practices from the nine participating states and to disseminate that information to other states about the use and implementation of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials (AASHTO’s) HSM. During the Scan the team members identified and evaluated the processes, job aids/tools, workforce training and manner in which states have institutionalized the HSM as part of their project development process including in planning, design and operations. The goal of this presentation would be to showcase the initial findings from this Domestic Scan and to give the audience a heads up of the future report.

Samuel Sturtz - is a Transportation Planner in the Iowa DOT’s Office of Systems Planning. As part of the planning team Samuel’s responsibilities include performing statewide analysis and screening reports using the Iowa DOT’s extensive crash and roadway datasets. Samuel is also involved in many of the long range planning activities for the department including the update to Iowa’s Long Range Transportation Plan, Iowa in Motion 2045 and the update to Iowa’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). Since 2016 Samuel has been a member of Iowa’s Highway Safety Manual (HSM) Implementation team which has focused on the calibration of the HSM’s Safety Performance Functions (SPF) and the development of an Iowa specific Crash Modification Factor (CMF) list. Before working at the Iowa DOT, Sam was a graduate student at the University of Iowa’s School of Urban and Regional Planning where he concentrated in transportation.



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