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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). Approximately 55% 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 and low in cost. 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 HRRR Program funding.

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Step

Responsible Party

Action

1.

TRF

Using the most current Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), the program safety emphasis areas are identified.

2.

TRF

Calculates the statewide crash rates for the eligible functional classifications.

3.

TRF

Identifies district’s eligible roadways.

4.

TRF

Analyzes the three most current years of crash data to identify potential project locations that qualify for improvements in the identified program emphasis areas.

5.

TRF

Provides a spreadsheet listing potential project locations by emphasis area that qualified for the program to each district.

6.

District

Evaluates each identified location to determine if the project is feasible and to verify that appropriate countermeasures addressing the location’s safety needs have not already been implemented or scheduled for construction.

7.

District

Works with area offices and local governments to gather additional location information and to identify any potential locations that may have been excluded due to incomplete or inaccurate crash and roadway data.

8.

District

For projects determined to be feasible, conducts a field evaluation to determine the appropriate countermeasure and develop a detailed estimate.

9.

District

Completes and submits spreadsheets containing requested data 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.

10

TRF

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

11.

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.

12.

TRF

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

13.

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.

14.

District

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

15.

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.

16.

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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