CTDOT Local Road Programs
Recently, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Division of Traffic Engineering solicited feedback from municipalities on two programs focused on locally-owned roads. The first was to gauge interest in a future Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) safety improvement project. The second was to identify eligible local roads with horizontal curves for improved curve delineation. As the CTDOT continues to move towards systemic applications of safety improvements, they are working to include local roads in these programs. Since from 2016 to 2018, approximately 50 percent of the fatal and serious injury crashes in Connecticut occurred on municipally-owned and maintained roadways, this is an important safety initiative and one that municipalities should be aware of and participate in.
Systemic applications are a change from the traditional way of applying countermeasures. In the past, a countermeasure would be considered for a location that had already experienced crashes of a type correctable by that countermeasure. For example, if a horizontal curve experienced a number of roadway departure crashes, it might have been considered for curve signage. A systemic approach takes a broader look at a system of roadways with similar characteristics and risk factors and applies the countermeasure to them, before crashes occur. In the simplest terms, a systemic approach is a more pro-active means of improving safety. The Federal Highway Administration has been encouraging states and municipalities to take a systemic approach, and the CTDOT has recognized the value in doing so on both state and local roads.
Although deadlines for submission on a few of the solicitations have passed, more systemic safety projects are coming. Project engineers at DOT are currently working on several projects and studies, and if you missed the previous opportunities, I would encourage you to not miss these. The projects were developed based on a data-driven process under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) in three different program areas: Intersection Safety, Pedestrian Safety, and Roadway Departure. Below is a summary of those efforts along with the respective project engineer’s contact information.
|Proposed Project||Design/Construction Project/or Study||Letter Sent to Municipalities?||Participation Request Deadline||Project Engineer|
|Traffic Signal Change Interval |
|Project||Yes – Sent 2/25 – Request for signalized intersection locations||March email@example.com|
|Traffic Signal Safety Improvements||Study||Will use information from towns as requested in letter regarding the Change Interval |
Re-Timing project; then outreach once study begins
|Signing/Stripping at Unsignalized Intersections||Project||Not yet||TBDfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|RRFB||Project||Follow-up letter sent 3/3 – deadline extended||March email@example.com (Kevin)|
|Pedestrian Improvements and Removal of Programmed Flash @ Signalized Intersections||Study||Outreach to towns once study begins||N/Afirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Road Diets||Study||Outreach to towns once study begins||N/Aemail@example.com|
|Horizontal Alignment Signing||Project||Yes – Request for Information sent 2/23||March firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Centerline Rumble Strips||Project||Request for participation sent to all towns||Deadline has passed. Not accepting new email@example.com|
If you have any questions on these projects, you can reach out directly to the project engineer listed above. Any general program questions can be directed to Joseph Ouellette, State Safety Engineer at TrafficSafety.DOT@ct.gov.
Every step a municipality can take towards improving safety could mean saving a life. Together, CTDOT and you can continue work to reduce fatal and serious injuries on all public roadways.
For more information and assistance with local road safety in your community, contact Melissa Evans, Safety Circuit Rider, at firstname.lastname@example.org.