Local Roadway Safety Plan
LOCAL ROADWAY SAFETY PLAN PROJECT
In 2019, California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $10 million and another $8 million in June 2020. State funding was made available in the form of a grant to assist local agencies in developing their Local Roadway Safety Plans (LRSP). On June 21, 2021, the Town of Moraga was notified through Caltrans that their application was selected to receive up to $40,000 in funding with a minimum of $5,000 of the required match for the preparation of a LRSP. On February 23, 2022, the Town Council awarded a contract to TJKM to prepare a LRSP.
What is an LRSP
An LRSP is a method for providing local and rural road owners with an opportunity to address unique roadway safety needs in their jurisdictions while contributing to the success of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).
LRSPs address the 5 Es of traffic safety: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Emergency Services, and Equity. They attempt to establish goals, objectives, and emphasis areas in a similar manner for local conditions. They provide a framework for organizing stakeholders to identify, analyze, and prioritize roadway safety improvements on local and rural roads. The process of developing a LRSP can be tailored to local protocols, needs, and issues.
In the future, a LRSP will be required for an agency to be eligible to apply for federal funds, such as the upcoming HSIP or One Bay Area grants.
Process and Community Engagement
The process of preparing a LRSP creates the framework to systematically identify and analyze safety problems and recommend safety improvements. Preparing a LRSP facilitates the development of local agency partnerships and collaboration, resulting in a prioritized list of improvements and actions that can demonstrate a defined need and contribute to the statewide plan. A LRSP offers a proactive approach to addressing safety needs and demonstrates agency responsiveness to safety challenges.
The process going forward is intended to be a data driven analysis of the Town’s safety issues supported by feedback from key stakeholders knowledgeable in some aspects of the 5 Es. In preparing a LRSP, TJKM will analyze historical collision data, identify potential roadway hazards related to the collisions, receive stakeholder feedback, recommend safety improvements, demonstrate the Town’s responsiveness to safety challenges, and offer a proactive approach addressing roadway safety needs for the entire transportation network. TJKM has been in the process of gathering and analyzing data, portions of which are summarized in the presentation.
Stakeholder feedback is critical to help inform the preparation of a LRSP. As part of preparing a LRSP, TJKM will engage the community for feedback. As valued members of the community, please feel free to provide any feedback, answer survey questions, and subscribe to receive updated project information at the following Link:
Also, the process will include focus group feedback. The focus group will consist of public safety and education stakeholders from the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department, Moraga Police Department, Moraga School District, and Moraga Public Works. In addition, the Town Council is a key stakeholder from whom we are eliciting feedback during this process.
For More Information
For more useful information on LRSP, below are some links to some informational websites documents.
- National Association of County Engineers (NACE) – A Template for Local Roadway Safety Plan (Word File)
- FHWA - Local and Rural Road Safety Briefing Sheets: Local Road Safety Plans
- FHWA - Developing Safety Plans: A Manual for Local and Rural Road (2012)
- FHWA - Local Road Safety Plan Do-It-Yourself Website
- FHWA, Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool (2013)
- FHWA – Local and Rural Road Safety Program
- California’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)
The Town of Moraga, TJKM, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, Acalanes Union High School, and the Moraga School District