ODOT has one of the largest safety programs in the country. The department dedicates about $81 million annually for engineering improvements at high-crash or severe-crash locations across the state. This funding can be used by ODOT District Offices or local governments to improve safety on any public roadway. A portion of the funding is also used to fund education everymove.ohio.gov and enforcement programs that encourage safer driving. At least 90% of all crashes in Ohio begin with some type of driver error. In addition, ODOT invests millions of dollars more in safety improvements as part of routine resurfacing, bridge repair and major highway improvements.
Prioritizing Safety Locations for Review
Each year, ODOT staff reviews the top safety locations in Ohio. Beginning in SFY2012, the process for selecting these locations has changed.
Ohio is one of the first states in the country to fully implement Safety Analyst and use it to prioritize safety locations across Ohio. Safety Analyst uses state-of-the-art statistical methodologies to identify roadway locations and safety improvements with the highest potential for reducing crashes. The software systems flags spot locations and road segments that have higher-than-predicted crash frequencies. It also flags locations for review based on crash severity. This methodology is more efficient and cost effective and will allow the department to study fewer locations yet address more crashes each year. Click the logos above for additional information about the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and Safety Analyst. Below is a link to locations with a higher-than-predicted crash frequency by emphasis area based on 2009 to 2011 crash data.
For information about the funding process, please see the Safety Program Overview page.
High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR) Lists
A High Risk Rural Road is a rural major collector, a rural minor collector or a rural local road that either has a crash rate for fatalities and incapacitating injuries that exceeds the statewide average for rural major collectors, rural minor collectors, or rural local roads.
Each year the Ohio Department of Transportation studies and addresses Congested Locations, which are identified by calculating a roadway's volume to capacity ratio (V/C). This calculation compares the volume of traffic with the capacity (number of lanes) of the roadway to handle it. Roadway sections with V/C ratios greater than 1.0 are considered congested and added to the work plan and sections with V/C ratios between 0.9 and 1.0 are added if they are outside of Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.