Snyder & Associates assisted the Iowa Department of Transportation and other transportation safety stakeholders including the FHWA, Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, other state and local agencies, and Universities with an update to its statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Required by the U.S. DOT/FHWA Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), the plan provides goals and strategies to reduce highway fatalities and injuries on all public roads in the state.
To develop the plan, our transportation professionals worked with two multiagency stakeholder groups—the Update Team and the Implementation Team, a larger advisory group. These stakeholder groups collaborated to develop strategies and goals that represent the Strategic Highway Safety Plan’s five E’s:
The scope of the project involved a review of statewide crash data and trends to identify progress toward safety goals and emerging areas of concern. Additional work included:
A key component of the process involved providing updates on programs and policies implemented from the prior plan. For this, stakeholders updated programs, policies, and educational campaigns for their respective agencies/organizations in addition to providing current data and research for their areas of expertise. The new two-year update had to be complete for Iowa to continue receiving approximately $24 million in annual federal safety funding.
As the planning consultant, we guided the process to conform to federal guidelines and stay on schedule. In doing so, we worked with the Iowa DOT and safety stakeholders to ensure the plan was data-driven, coordinated with the other statewide transportation plans, informed by a performance-based approach, and identified strategies consistent with safety priorities and the vision of Zero Fatalities.