Highway Safety Improvement Program call for projects

See our open calls for projects in the Highway Safety Improvement Program. 

Closed - Call for projects - City Safety Program - Closed Friday, March 4, 2022

Injury levels for crashes

  • Fatal - One or more persons in a crash died at the scene of the crash, on arrival to a hospital or medical facility, or at a hospital or medical facility.
  • Suspected serious injury (serious injury) - One or more persons in a crash had one or more of the following: Severe laceration resulting in exposure of underlying tissue/muscle/organ or resulting in significant loss of blood; broken or distorted extremity; crush injury; suspected skull, chest, or abdominal injury other than bruises or minor laceration; significant burn; unconsciousness when taken from the scene; or paralysis.
  • Suspected minor injury - One or more persons in a crash had a non life threatening injury such as: lump on the head, abrasion, bruise, or minor laceration.
  • Possible injury - One or more persons in a crash had: momentary unconsciousness, claim of injury, limping, complaint of pain, or nausea. These injuries are those reported by the person or indicated by their behavior, but where no wounds or injuries are readily evident.
  • No injury - The officer at a crash scene has no reason to believe that the person(s) involved in the crash received any bodily harm from the crash.

Available funding for 2022

Approximately $35 million of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds.


  • Only cities and towns in Washington state are eligible to apply. Other organizations may work with a city/town to propose and develop a project.
  • Preliminary engineering/design, right-of-way, and construction phases of projects are eligible for funding.
  • Cities must submit a local road safety plan that addresses fatal and serious injury crashes and systemic safety needs in the city to be eligible to apply. A local road safety plan is a data-driven analysis and prioritization of an agency's roadways for traffic safety. Using specific information about the factors present at specific crash locations, the city must identify other locations where those factors are present. They then must identify and prioritize improvements/ countermeasures/ projects to address the highest priority locations. This prioritized list of projects must be presented in the local road safety plan, which must be submitted with the application. The local road safety plan must document how and why the priorities were selected. A webinar was held on November 17, 2021 to learn more about Local Road Safety Plans. The recording of the webinar, and a PDF copy (PDF 5.44MB) or PPT copy (PPTX 19MB) of the presentation, are now available for viewing.
  • Spot location subprogram: Projects must address one or more specific fatal and/or serious injury crashes from 2016-2020 (the most recent, complete years available). Spot locations must also be identified in the applying agency’s local road safety plan. Spot location projects must be at a specific intersection(s), mid-block location(s), or corridor(s) on:
    City street(s) in a city or town of any population.
    State highway(s) that a city with a population above 27,500 maintains.
    State highway(s) in a city or town with population 27,500 or less when there is interest from the WSDOT region in partnering to co-fund the project.
  • Systemic subprogram: In this low cost, widespread, risk-based subprogram, a city/town must use 2016-2020 crash data and a systemic safety planning process to identify and prioritize projects to address the highest priority locations. This prioritized list of projects must be reflected in the local road safety plan, which documents the project prioritization process. Projects can be proposed on both city streets or on managed access (not limited access) state highways.
  • Agencies are encouraged to incorporate equity-specific safety data and consider equity-related safety risk factors in the development of the local road safety plan. In many communities, traditionally disadvantaged populations are disproportionately impacted by fatal and serious injury crashes. For more information please see Target Zero (PDF 1.3MB), pp. 217-221.
  • Only one application per city/town may be submitted and will include all Spot location and Systemic projects the agency is requesting to be funded in priority order and as reflected in the applying agency’s local road safety plan.
  • Eligible projects include infrastructure-related safety countermeasures and safety data collection projects. Data collection projects are intended to improve a jurisdiction’s systemic safety analysis. Maintenance, enforcement, and education activities are not eligible.
  • When upgrading an intersection's control type from traffic signs, the city/town must evaluate a roundabout and provide justification if a roundabout is not selected. An example Intersection Control Evaluation process can be found in WSDOT’s Design Manual, Ch. 1300.05 (PDF 745KB).

Crash data and crash data summary

Each city/town will need to request 2016-2020 crash data by completing a 2022 City Safety Program request for crash data form (PDF 1.1MB). Once complete, you will receive crash data for all severity levels of crashes and a pdf map showing the fatal and serious injury crashes. Data will include all city/town streets. For cities with population above 27,500, data will also include managed access state highways. If your city/town has population 27,500 or less and you want state highway data, please request it on the form. Also, if your project is at a location that was recently annexed from a county, include the county road number(s) and milepost(s) in your request.

Local Programs sent each city/town that had a fatal or serious injury crash from 2014-2018 a crash data summary. The summary shows information about the fatal, serious injury, and total crashes in the city/town. It also shows how the city/town compares with other cities/towns in the state. The summary does not include detailed crash data. A data dictionary (XLSX 34KB) is available for more information about the data included in the summary. If you did not receive your data summary please contact Ed Spilker at ed.spilker@wsdot.wa.gov or 360-705-7387.

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, 2025, then the construction phase is eligible for 100% funding (no local match required). Federal funds cannot be used as match for any phase.
  • Projects must be fully funded between this funding and other funding sources, as applicable.
  • There is no maximum funding that can be requested in each application.
  • Projects must comply with all necessary federal and state requirements as detailed in the Local Agency Guidelines Manual.
  • Once a project has been awarded funds, the city/town shall complete the project as selected.
  • Project recipients must report quarterly on the status and expenditures of each project.
  • Project recipients are required to submit monthly progress billings to ensure timely reimbursement of eligible federal expenditures.
  • Project costs incurred prior to federal fund obligation are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Agencies that do not actively pursue the awarded project are at risk of the project being cancelled and the funds reprogrammed.

Selection process

  • All properly submitted applications will be reviewed to ensure they are complete and eligible for funding.
  • Each project submitted for the Spot Location subprogram will be evaluated using a benefit/cost process where:
    Benefit = the expected number of crashes to be reduced using the improvement/ countermeasure. Crash data from 2016-2020 from WSDOT’s crash database will be used to quantify/confirm the crashes at the project location(s).
    Cost = the total project cost.
  • Each project submitted for the systemic subprogram will be evaluated in tiers based on the number of fatal and serious injury crashes in the city/town.
  • All projects will then be prioritized based on how effective the proposed work will be in reducing fatal and serious injury crashes.
  • All projects will be prioritized based on past and current delivery of federal projects by the applying agencies.
  • WSDOT may conduct site visits with the applicant, as needed.
  • WSDOT’s Local Programs Director will select the final City Safety projects by Fall 2022.

Application form

A completed application form (DOCX 56KB) is required. Only one application per city/town may be submitted and will include all projects the agency is requesting to be funded. Applications must include:

  • A local road safety plan for the city/town applying for funding. The information in the application must match what is in the plan.
  • A vicinity map showing the locations of all improvements/ countermeasures/projects.
  • A conceptual plan and cross section showing the existing and final configurations for infrastructure improvements and countermeasures.
  • A detailed cost estimate for each phase (preliminary engineering, right of way, and construction). The cost estimate for construction must be determined assuming that the project is design-bid-build or design-build and not by the agency's forces.

Application forms and the above items can be completed electronically or in writing/be hand drawn but must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022 by email to HLPGrants@wsdot.wa.gov. Paper submittals will not be accepted. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


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