The Roadway Safety Foundation and Federal Highway Administration are now accepting applications for the 2019 National Roadway Safety Awards. Submissions are due at midnight EDT on May 31, 2019, and winners will be announced at a Capitol Hill ceremony in the fall. On this page you'll find all the information needed to prepare your application package. Once you're ready to get started, click the Apply Now button to go straight to the electronic submission form.
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.
Eligibility for submitting a National Roadway Safety Award application is restricted to public agencies that have implemented a relevant project for public roadway safety benefit. Other groups that have been involved in successful roadway safety efforts (e.g., private entities, academic institutions, nonprofits, etc.) may cosponsor a nomination, provided that a public agency is the lead applicant. 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 2019 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.
Our Previous Winners
We honored 9 winners during the previous Awards cycle, in 2017. Take a look through the national press release and Noteworthy Practices Guide below to learn more about successful past projects.
For more information about the 2017 Awards, click here to see RSF's Executive Director, Greg Cohen, discuss the Awards on AASHTO's Transportation TV, and here for our interview with Federal News Radio.