Anchor: #i999544

Section 3: Hazard Elimination Program

Anchor: #i999550

Introduction

The Hazard Elimination (HES) Program is part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). The basic objective of the HES Program is to reduce the number and severity of crashes. The program objectives are accomplished through “highway safety projects.”

Anchor: #i999560

Eligible Roads

HES projects may be for locations both on and off the state highway system.

Anchor: #i999570

Nature of Hazard Elimination Projects

HES projects may accomplish any of the following:

  • correct or improve high-hazard locations
  • eliminate roadside obstacles
  • treat roadside obstacles
  • improve highway signing and pavement marking
  • install traffic control or warning devices at locations with a high number of crashes.

These projects may range from spot-safety improvements and upgrading of existing conditions to new roadway construction (such as grade separations). Highway safety projects should be small in scope, low in cost, and can be let to contract within three years.

Anchor: #i999610

Program Process Overview

The following table summarizes the process by which highway safety projects obtain HES Program funding.

Anchor: #i999217Hazard Elimination Program Funding Process

Step

Responsible Party

Action

1.

TRF

Requests project proposals through a statewide program call to the districts.

2.

District

Notifies local governments of program call.

3.

District

Identifies potential highway safety projects using historical crash data and other data. Works with local governments to identify potential off-system highway safety projects.

4.

District

Determines the needed highway safety improvements and their costs.

>> See Section 2 of this manual, “Design Guidelines,” for details.

5.

District

Fills out a Safety Evaluation Report (SER) form for each proposed highway safety project and submits the forms to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Traffic Operations Division (TRF) along with the necessary backup data (typical sections, layouts, etc.) in response to the program call.

>> See Section 5 of this manual, “Project Submission,” for details.

6.

TRF

Analyzes the proposed highway safety projects for HES Program eligibility, data accuracy, and conformance with design standards.

>> See Section 1 of this Manual, “Overview – Eligible Work Types,” for details.

7.

TRF

Subjects each eligible project to a benefit/cost analysis using the Safety Improvement Index (SII), then puts the projects into priority order based on the results.

>> See Section 6 of this manual, “Using the Safety Improvement Index,” for details.

8.

TRF

Places projects in the HES Program according to priority and appropriated federal funding; then sends listing of highway safety projects selected for funding in the HES Program to the districts.

9.

District

Sets projects up in the Design/Construction Information System (DCIS) in the assigned work program and may include qualifying projects in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as appropriate.

10.

District

Notifies TRF of potential overrun of an HES project's authorized funds prior to Plans, Specifications and Estimate (PS&E) submittal.

11.

District

Submits PS&E for HES projects to the Design Division (DES) in accordance with standard PS&E submission schedule.

>> See the Plans, Specifications, and Estimate Preparation Manual ( Chapter 1, Section 3) for details on PS&E procedures.

12.

TRF

Handles overruns of project authorized funds at the divisional PS&E review stage in accordance with the current TxDOT policy.

>> See Commission Minute Order 106788, March 28, 1996 or subsequent revisions.



Previous page  Next page   Title page