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Funding Application Process

Highway Safety Improvement Program 
Funding Application Process...

How to Apply for Funds
ODOT accepts applications twice a year. The deadlines are April 30 and September 30. Applications must be reviewed by the local District Office before they are submitted to Central Office. The department encourages project sponsors to coordinate with the local District Office at least 12 weeks in advance of these deadlines – though more time will likely be necessary for complex projects (e.g. interchange modification, corridor, TWLTL), which require additional reviews. Early coordination with the local District Office is essential to developing a realistic timeline for submitting an application.

Applications are reviewed by multi-disciplinary committees in the District and Central Office. The committees have expertise in safety analysis, roadway design, traffic engineering and highway maintenance. These committees evaluate investments based on factors such as crash analysis; statewide, regional or local priority; matching funds; and cost/benefit analysis. The committee reviews about 70 applications per year requesting more than $150 million.

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What Information Do I Need?
Funding is awarded based on a demonstrated problem and long-term crash trends. All applications should include information that clearly links the crash patterns with the suggested safety improvement.

To determine the best solutions for fixing locations, each District Office or local sponsor typically must conduct a formal safety study that includes a review of existing roadway conditions and detailed crash analysis. This analysis helps identify common crash patterns to determine the best strategies to reduce crashes. Safety Study Guidelines can be found under the Safety Study Documentation section to the right under Category:General list.

ODOT may waive the formal study for an abbreviated study for low-cost safety requests. At a minimum, the department will need basic crash trend information, collision diagrams and reliable cost estimates.

Project sponsors are encouraged to examine a full range of options starting with low-cost strategies, such as new signs, pavement markings and guardrail to mid-cost strategies such as new traffic signals, turn lanes and road realignments. Higher-cost projects, such as corridor improvements to arterial roads and interchange reconfigurations, may be considered up to $10 million. Funding can be paired with other sources.

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