Too many projects & not enough resources: How to identify & prioritize safety improvements

February 27, 2013

This past week, the Portland office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) hosted an interactive workshop titled, Too many projects and not enough resources: How to identify and prioritize safety improvements. A wide variety of state and local agency staff from Oregon and Washington attended the session, which was facilitated by Brian Ray, PE; Erin Ferguson, PE; and Joey Bansen, PE from KAI.

Transportation professionals are faced on a regular basis with the challenge of limited financial resources and staggering demands for improving safety on the transportation network. The workshop presenters spoke about how the latest safety research can be used to identify and prioritize near- and long-term improvements. The goal of the workshop was to inform participants of resources that can be used to identify and prioritize improvements based on their anticipated safety performance. The approach and resources that were discussed can be used to augment traditional corridor studies, road safety audits, and other similar project types.

During the session, the presenters shared the approach and findings from the US 12 Chehalis Safety Study that was conducted in collaboration with the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Washington DOT, Thurston County, and Grays Harbor County. That project has been presented to the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Safety Management and at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting as a case study for applying AASHTO’s Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and supplemental published safety research to inform planning and preliminary design decisions.

The slides used in the presentation can be found HERE. (PDF format)

About the Presenters

Erin Ferguson, PE
Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Oakland, CA

A major focus of Erin’s career is guiding the integration of safety into transportation planning and engineering at a local and national scale. She was one of the authors of the HSM and has taught HSM applications to engineers, planners, and analysts across the US, including courses in Arizona, California, Oregon, Maryland, Florida, Alaska and Utah. In addition to the safety applications and research, Erin also brings eight years of experience in transportation planning and preliminary design.

Brian Ray, PE
Senior Principal Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Portland, OR

Brian brings more than 25 years of experience in multimodal transportation planning, traffic engineering, and contextual roadway design. His safety related experience includes serving as a technical senior resource and providing quality assurance review for integrating safety into existing planning and design processes and projects as well as oversight and guidance for developing training course materials on how to perform safety analysis. Brian routinely conducts training courses on applying the HSM, roadway geometric design, modern roundabouts, and context sensitive solutions.

Joey Bansen, PE
Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Portland, OR

Joey is active in a variety of transportation planning, evaluation, and design projects throughout the United States, with a focus in preliminary and final design. His strong roadway design background is a natural strength he brings to road safety audits and corridor safety analysis. Joey is able to integrate his final design experience into earlier stages of the project development process, which helps identify effective and feasible solutions. The breadth and depth of his project work includes traffic signal design, signing and striping design, intersection alternatives evaluation and design, corridor preliminary design and concept evaluation, interchange functional design, roundabout design and evaluation, and traffic impact analysis.

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