Progress on the Development of a Master File of Highway Safety Planning and Evaluation Data

Report No: 82-R17

Published in 1981

About the report:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires each state to submit an annual Highway Safety Plan as a prerequisite for obtaining federal §402 safety monies. The Highway Safety Plan serves as more than a mechanism for obtaining funds; it induces planning, programming, and budgeting of highway safety projects at both the state and local levels. Virginia's highway safety planning process has evolved over the past 10 years to become an organized, efficient system which applies the "Problem Identification/Management by Objectives" concept to the requirements of the Highway Safety Plan. Towards strengthening this process, the master file project was initiated in 1976 to supply timely data to the state agencies and local transportation safety commissions for use in their problem identification, countermeasure development, and program evaluation activities. Since that time, the activities involved in preparing the Highway Safety Plan have been refined and streamlined to effect a more efficient system of retrieving, assimilating, and disseminating the highway safety program data. This report outlines the recent progress of the master file project, and describes advancements towards automating the information that have been achieved in the state agencies in conjunction with the Highway Safety Plan.

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.


  • Susan G. Rauth

Last updated: January 21, 2024

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