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2017 County Safety Program: Call for Projects

CLOSED - Applications were due May 31, 2017.

Available funding

$25 million of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds.

Program purpose

The purpose of this program is to use engineering improvements/countermeasures to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions on county roads in counties with a prioritized local road safety plan (pdf 169 kb). Learn more about the Highway Safety Improvement Program.


Only counties in Washington State are eligible to apply. Counties must meet the following criteria:

  • Project must address fatal or serious injury collisions from 2011-2015 on a county road.
  • Project must be identified and prioritized in the county’s local road safety plan (pdf 169 kb).

Preliminary engineering/design, right-of-way, and construction phases of projects are eligible for funding. Only infrastructure-related improvements may be made with these funds. Maintenance, enforcement, and education activities are not eligible.

Collision summary

Local Programs is sending a summary to each county showing the county's crash types from 2011-2015 (the most complete, recent years available) and showing how the county's roads compared to other roads in the state. Local Programs is sending the summary to our contact for County Safety Program projects.

Local road safety plans

A local road safety plan is a risk-based way to prioritize locations for engineering improvements to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes based on data. Learn more and get resources (pdf 169 kb).

If your county is interested in attending a workshop to learn how to develop a local road safety plan, please contact Matthew Enders, Technical Services Manager ( or

Other requirements

  • Projects require a ten percent local match per phase (preliminary engineering/design, right-of-way, and construction) for all eligible federal expenditures. If the construction phase is authorized by April 30, 2019 then that phase will be eligible for 100% funding (no local match required). Federal funds cannot be used as match for any phase.
  • Projects must comply with all necessary state and federal requirements as detailed in the Local Agency Guidelines Manual.
  • Projects must be fully funded between this funding and other funding sources, as applicable.
  • Once a project has been awarded funds, the county shall complete the project as selected. In the event unforeseen conditions (e.g.: environmental or right of way issues) are encountered, a request for scope, schedule and budget adjustments may be considered.
  • Project recipients must report quarterly on the status and expenditure plan of each project.
  • Project costs incurred prior to federal fund obligation are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Project recipients are encouraged to submit monthly progress billings to ensure timely reimbursement of eligible federal expenditures.

Application form

A completed application form is required and can be downloaded from here: (Word 44 kb),
(pdf 101 kb). Applications must include:

  • Vicinity map showing the locations of all improvements.
  • Local road safety plan (pdf 169 kb) for the county applying for funding, that aligns with the improvements noted in the application and vicinity map.
  • Detailed cost estimate for each project phase (design, right of way, and construction). The cost estimate for construction must be determined assuming that the project is design-bid-build and not by the county's or a partner jurisdiction’s forces.

Application forms and the above attachments can be completed electronically or in writing/be hand drawn but must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by email to Paper submittals will not be accepted. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered

Selection process

All properly submitted applications will be reviewed to ensure they are complete and that the work proposed is effective in reducing fatal and serious injury crashes and is eligible for funding.

WSDOT will conduct site visits with the applicant, as needed, for eligible projects. Final approval of projects will be made by the WSDOT Local Programs Director in fall 2017.

Program contacts