Comparative Case Studies of Corridor Safety Improvement Efforts

Report No: 00-R17

Published in 1999

About the report:

In 1988, following a series of fatal crashes on U.S. Route 322, Pennsylvania's governor directed Pennsylvania's secretary of transportation to develop immediate, short-term measures to improve safety on the roadway. In response, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) led a multidisciplinary team that developed a fourteen-point safety plan for the corridor. PennDOT immediately declared the initiative a success and implemented similar efforts statewide. The Federal Highway Administration heard about these programs, named Corridor Safety Improvement Programs (CSIPs), and encouraged other states to use them. Following Pennsylvania, numerous states, including Virginia and California, developed CSIPs. Further, in 1997, a series of fatal crashes on U.S. Route 28 in Virginia led to Virginia's governor directing Virginia's secretary of transportation to improve safety on the roadway, as had happened in Pennsylvania. This study investigates these safety efforts to determine the factors associated with effectiveness. The researcher presents model guidelines for developing effective corridor safety programs.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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 Jack D. Jernigan

Last updated: December 11, 2023

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