Chapter 2: Planning

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Section 1: Overview

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Background

Federal grant involvement in traffic safety dates from the passage of the National Highway Safety Act of 1966. Texas passed a companion act, the Traffic Safety Act of 1967.

The Traffic Safety Program became an integral part of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in 1979. At that time, districts assumed responsibility for local projects.

While the Traffic Safety Specialists (TSSs) located in district offices are responsible for managing local projects, responsibility for the overall Traffic Safety Program resides with the TxDOT Traffic Operations Division’s Traffic Safety Section (TRF-TS). (For more details on specific division and district responsibilities, see Responsibilities in Chapter 1, Section 1.) The TxDOT executive director is the designated governor’s highway safety representative.

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Planning Overview

This chapter describes the traffic safety program planning process with local projects at the agency level and statewide level.

Local jurisdictions (cities and counties) work with district traffic safety project managers to identify traffic safety problems, conduct needs assessments, and develop proposals.

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