About Safety Planning
SPC monitors progress toward achieving the previously adopted safety performance targets. As required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), new performance targets were established for the 2014-2018 reporting period for the following five measures:
- Number of fatalities (all public roads)
- Rate of fatalities (all public roads, per 100 million vehicle miles traveled)
- Number of serious injuries (all public roads)
- Rate of serious injuries (all public roads, per 100 million vehicle miles traveled)
- Number of non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries (all public roads)
SPC has adopted the statewide performance target established by PennDOT of 2% reduction per year across all five safety performance measures for the first federal reporting period.
Highway bend before (left) and after (right) safety engineering.
Road Safety Audits
The federal Highway Administration defines a Road Safety Audit (RSA) as "the formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent, multidisciplinary team. It qualitatively estimates and reports on potential road safety issues and identifies opportunities for improvements in safety for all road users."
As a service to its Planning Partners, SPC has developed an RSA program for Southwestern Pennsylvania as part of its Transportation Operations and Safety planning efforts.
A Road Safety Audit is a safety performance examination of an existing or future road(s) by an independent, multidisciplinary team. It identifies potential road safety issues and opportunities for proactive safety improvements. Since 2009, SPC has completed 34 RSAs across the region. In cooperation with local municipalities, counties and PennDOT Districts 10-0, 11-0 and 12-0, SPC organized and conducted three RSAs in 2018:
- U.S. Route 40, State Route 40/State Route 19 from Franklin Farms Road to Dunn Avenue, Washington County
- Baum Boulevard (PA 380) and Centre Avenue from North Craig Street to South Negley Avenue, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
- Main Street/Clay Pike/Pike Street/Highland Avenue from Center Highway to 4th Street, Westmoreland County
SPC integrates safety evaluations into managed funding programs.