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Section 4: High Risk Rural Roads Program

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Introduction

The High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR) Program is part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). A large percentage of fatalities in Texas occur on rural roads. The purpose of this program is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and incapacitating injuries on rural major or minor collectors, and/or rural local roads.

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Eligible Roads

Projects in this program are limited to paved roadways with functional classifications of rural major or minor collectors, or rural local roads. Eligible roadways must have fatal and incapacitating crash rates that exceed the statewide average for the respective roadway functional classification.

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Nature of High Risk Rural Road Projects

HRRR projects should be small in scope, low in cost, and can be let to contract within three years. Improvements should address reducing the number and severity of crashes on eligible roadways.

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Program Process Overview

The following table summarizes the process by which highway safety projects obtain High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR) Program funding.

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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.

TRF

Calculates the statewide crash rates for the eligible functional classifications.

4.

TRF

Identifies district’s eligible on-system roadways.

5.

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.

6.

District

Determines the needed highway safety improvements and their costs.

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

7.

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.

8.

TRF

Analyzes the proposed highway safety projects for HRRR Program eligibility (Functional System Fatal and Incapacitating [K & A] crash rate above statewide crash rate), data accuracy, and conformance with design standards.

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

9.

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.

10.

TRF

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

11.

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.

12.

District

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

13.

District

Submits PS&E for HRRR 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.

14.

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.



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