Lessons Learned from Virginia's Pilot Corridor Safety Improvement Program

Report No: 97-R11

Published in 1997

About the report:

Doing more with less is a common theme at all levels of government in the United States today. Limited budgets and staff and rising costs have forced all areas of the public sector to use their resources wisely and efficiently. Thus, transportation agencies must focus on problems that have the greatest potential benefits relative to costs.

Corridor safety improvement programs (CSIPs) use an approach to traffic safety that emphasizes multidisciplinary cooperation as a means of identifying and targeting traffic safety problems and implementing corrective countermeasures. In 1990, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began emphasizing CSIPs as a wise use of limited highway safety improvement resources and published guidelines for their implementation in 1991.

Rather than follow the FHWA guidelines explicitly, Virginia decided to try a slightly different approach to determine if the CSIP process could be enhanced. In particular, Virginia's pilots placed more responsibility for identifying problems and developing countermeasures on local multidisciplinary task forces than recommended by the FHWA guidelines. The procedures used in the rural and urban pilot projects were compared with each other and with the FHWA guidelines to determine the successes and shortcomings of the CSIP process as implemented in Virginia.

The report recommends that Virginia not continue the CSIP process unless the FHWA guidelines and other key recommendations are followed to establish a new pilot.

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.


  • Jack D. Jernigan

Last updated: December 16, 2023

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