ITD projects earn two national FHWA awards
ITD's quest for excellence is evident in a pair of national awards announced recently by the Federal Highway Administration. The department captured two of the three 2013 National Roadway Safety awards presented by FHWA and its partners.
An innovative program to track winter storm maintenance performances emerged as the top program for Operational Improvements, while a highway safety corridor project won top honors in Program Planning, Development and Evaluation.
The Operational Improvements category includes improvements to traffic safety operations, such as innovative channelization; weather safety operations; ITS-based safety programs; multidisciplinary activities such as road safety audits; and road design and striping efforts aimed at reducing or minimizing the severity of crashes caused by speeding, distractions and other offenses.
Program Planning, Development and Evaluation is defined as "programs that identify and address state and local needs by making effective use of safety data and evaluations." This includes public involvement in safety audits and planning; crash data analysis and integration; crash location identification and analysis for crash countermeasure development; development and implementation of excellent Strategic Highway Safety Plans; and use of data evaluations to produce targeted policies, processes and practices that improve safety.
Both national awards are examples of ITD's strategic plan goals of operating a safe transportation system, its commitment to efficiency and the prudent use of taxpayer funds, and the department's drive to become the best transportation department in the country.
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