ODOT Traffic Academy - Safety Studies Course:
This one-day course is designed to assist in understanding the various aspects of safety studies. It is intended to improve study content and organization. This course is also a prequalification requirement for consultants who want to prepare safety studies. The course will include elements of both the workshop and focused training class presentations as they pertain to safety studies.
Based on recent changes included the ASSHTO Highway Safety Manual (HSM), the Department has determined that all consultants currently prequalified in Safety Studies must complete a revised training course based on the new procedures. The HSM provides methodology for evaluating transportation safety measures similar to traffic operations, environmental impacts, and construction costs. FHWA is supporting the implementation of the HSM and ODOT is one of the lead states in the country for this initiative. The most significant change is the elimination of crash rate. A crash rate can be misleading and is not the best predictor of a safety project. The HSM uses a relationship between crashes and ADT that is not linear. Safety Performance Functions (SPF) use this relationship between ADT and large sample of crashes for similar sites to predict the number of crashes that should be occurring on a route with similar site conditions. The SPF removes the random error from crashes.
In order to remain prequalified, consultants must complete the revised training course prior to January 1, 2015. The revised training course was first held in January 2013.
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