It's official: the 2017 National Roadway Safety Awards have been announced, and the Roadway Safety Foundation and Federal Highway Administration are proud to present this year's nine winners, representing projects from Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia.
2017 Award Winners
The 2017 National Roadway Safety Awards winners are here! Please join us in congratulating winners from nine states, and see the national press release and Noteworthy Practices Guide below for more information about each winning project.
The National Roadway Safety Awards is a biennial competition sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) to recognize roadway safety achievements that move the United States towards zero deaths and serious injuries on the nation’s roadways. The competition acknowledges successful engineering solutions that agencies have integrated into their roadway safety programs. Awards are given in two categories: Infrastructure and Operational Improvements; and Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation. Selected projects are included in a noteworthy practices guide so they can be replicated nationwide.
FHWA and RSF stress the importance of strategic, data-driven approaches to improving highway safety. Applicants are encouraged to nominate projects or programs that exemplify innovative and effective safety activities and maximize the cost effectiveness of Federal, State, local, and/or private sector funds.
“The recognition our agency received was fantastic. Not to mention the time I spent in Washington, DC and getting to know all the other award winners!’’
Brent Jennings, Highway Safety Manager
INFRASTRACTURE AND OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS
This category recognizes successful implementation of infrastructure or operational solutions on the roadway or roadside environment that demonstrably improve safety.
PROGRAM PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND EVALUATION
This category honors programs that identify and address State and local needs by making effective use of safety data and evaluations as well as tools and applications such as the Highway Safety Manual and the U.S. Road Assessment Program (usRAP).
Examples of winning entries from past competitions can be found at https://www.roadwaysafety.org/programs/national-roadway-safety-awards.
Only public agencies may apply and be considered for a National Roadway Safety Award. Each entry will be judged among other nominations in its category. A nominated project or program must demonstrate evidence of data-supported results, including documentation supporting the project’s or program’s success. Applicants are encouraged to review the application form as they consider submitting a project or program for an award. Projects in both award categories will be judged on the following criteria:
Projects or programs that:
- Result in or demonstrate high potential for significantly reducing fatal and serious injury crashes.
- Create a proven case for greater emphasis on roadway safety in transportation planning, programming, project delivery, construction, and/or maintenance.
- Support safety improvements through greater public awareness that yields a positive change in transportation safety culture.
Projects or programs that use innovative concepts at a national, state, or local level including:
- Creative approaches to address highway safety concerns.
- Innovative management approaches to overcoming barriers to safety implementation.
- Inventive solutions to a particular serious injury or fatal crash problem.
- Proactive involvement of the public and/or stakeholders.
EFFICIENT USE OF RESOURCES.
Projects or programs that:
- Are implemented cost-efficiently.
- Use planning and engineering resources efficiently and/or employ cost-sharing through multi-source partnerships, task forces, or coalitions.
Benefits of Being a National Roadway Safety Award Winner
Award Winners Receive:
- An invitation and funded travel to attend a ceremony and luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
- Opportunities to network with legislators and key national transportation officials.
- National media coverage and additional local media support, identifying your organization as a leader in highway safety.
- Appearance in the 2017 National Roadway Safety Awards Noteworthy Practices Guide, Public Roads magazine, the Roadway Safety e-Reporter, FHWA Safety Compass, as well as other publications of national safety and transportation organizations.
- Recognition on several websites operated by FHWA, RSF, and their safety partners.
- An engraved trophy.
National Roadway Safety Awards
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
FHWA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system and various federal- and tribal-owned lands. Through financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, we are responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world.
THE ROADWAY SAFETY FOUNDATION
RSF is the only national organization solely dedicated to reducing deaths by improving the physical characteristics of America’s roadways – design and engineering, operating conditions, removal of roadside hazards, and the effective use of safety features. RSF works to attain its goals by building awareness through media campaigns and outreach activities, developing educational materials, and forming roadway safety partnerships between the private and public sectors. It is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by the American Highway Users Alliance.