County Safety Program: Call for Projects

Call for projects - Open
Closes Friday, April 30, 2021

Available Funding

$30 million of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to reduce fatal and serious injury (pdf 2.78 mb) crashes on county roads using engineering improvements/countermeasures. Learn more about the Highway Safety Improvement Program.

Eligibility

  • Only counties in Washington State are eligible to apply. Other organizations may work with a county to propose/develop a project.
  • Preliminary engineering/design, right-of-way, and construction phases of projects are eligible for funding.
  • Data collection projects should be consistent with local road safety plan needs. Infrastructure-related improvement projects are eligible for these funds. (Maintenance, enforcement, and education activities are not eligible.)
  • When upgrading an intersection's control type from traffic signs, the county must evaluate a roundabout and provide justification if a roundabout is not selected.
  • Counties must submit a local road safety plan that addresses fatal and serious injury crashes in the county to be eligible to apply. Using specific information about the risk factors present at specific crash locations, the county must identify locations where those risk 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. 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. The local road safety plan must document how and why the priorities were selected.

Crash Data Summary

Local Programs is providing each county with a crash data summary. The summary shows information about the fatal, serious injury, and total crashes in the county. It also shows how the county compares with other counties in the state. The summary does not include detailed crash data.

Training on Local Road Safety Plans

Local Programs will provide training for counties to learn/review how to develop a local road safety plan. Virtual workshops will be scheduled. See the LTAP Training webpage to register for workshops once they are scheduled.

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, 2023, 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.
  • Only one application per county may be submitted. All prioritized projects should be shown on the application.
  • There is no maximum funding level for the 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 county 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.
  • All projects will be prioritized based on how effective the proposed work is anticipated to be in reducing fatal and serious injury crashes.
  • WSDOT may conduct site visits with the applicant, as needed.
  • WSDOT’s Local Programs Director will select the final County Safety projects by October 2021.

Project Applications

  1. A completed application (docx 42 kb)
    A completed application (pdf 113 kb).
  2. Applications must include
  • A vicinity map showing the location of all improvements/countermeasures/projects.
  • A local road safety plan for the county applying for funding. The information in the application must match what is in the plan.
  • A conceptual plan and cross section showing the existing and final configurations – for projects that add or revise travel lanes or sidewalks.
  • 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 and not constructed by the agency's forces.

Submittal Process

Application forms and the above items can be completed electronically or in writing but must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 by email to HLPGrants@wsdot.wa.gov. Paper submittals will not be accepted. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Program Contacts