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All Roads Transportation Safety

Overview

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The All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS) Program (formerly known as Jurisdictionally Blind Safety Program) is a safety program to address safety needs on all public roads in Oregon. Only by working collaboratively with local road jurisdictions (cities, counties, MPO’s and tribes) can ODOT expect to increase awareness of safety on all roads, promote best practices for infrastructure safety, compliment behavioral safety efforts and focus limited resources to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes in the state of Oregon. The program will be data driven to achieve the greatest benefits in crash reduction and should be blind to jurisdiction.

 

In late 2012 ODOT reached out to the League of Oregon Cities (LOC) and the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) to mutually agree upon principles for a Jurisdictionally Blind Program. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) documents the understanding of ODOT, LOC, and AOC reached to apply Federal Highway funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to roads managed by Oregon Counties and Cities.


ARTS is Oregon’s implementation of the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) through a data driven, strategic approach to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.


ARTS Key Facts (pdf)

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Memorandum of Understanding

The MOU outlines the principles agreed to and some of the Federal requirements for HSIP funds, a few of which are:
  • The program goal is to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes.
  • The program must include all public roads.
  • The program is data driven and blind to jurisdiction.
Implementing the ARTS program, will take careful planning and work to determine the process. To maintain commitments in the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for 2013-2015 and because the development of 2016-2018 STIP was well underway, it was decided to start the ARTS Program in 2017.
Meanwhile ODOT implemented a transition plan for 2014-2016. The transition was developed to bridge the gap. Funding for  the “Transition” was allocated to primarily focus on a few systemic low cost fixes that can be implemented in the shorter timeframe on non-state roads.​

MOU (pdf)


 

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Oregon's Plan

The documents listed below explain the new ARTS Program in greater detail.​

PowerPoint Presentation​

Word Document

The entire program will be data driven and based on benefit cost analysis. Benefit cost analysis factors in the amount of crashes, crash reduction factors (CRF) and project costs. The program will prioritize projects based on benefit cost ratios - which locations will get the most crash reduction for the cost of the project. 

 

 

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Crash Reduction Factors

ODOT is providing a fixed set of CRFs in order to allow for all projects to be evaluated consistently and fairly throughout the project selection process. The CRF list and supplement is listed below. Also listed is a form for submitting proposed CRFs not included in the list.
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Hotspot Approach

The traditional approach to safety is to identify “hotspot” locations and then identify measures to implement by diagnosing the “hotspot”. ODOT hired a consultant to create a draft list of potential hotspot projects (prioritized based on benefit cost ratios) for all roads in each Region identifying locations and the appropriate countermeasures. Prioritized hotspot project list for each Region can be downloaded from Region ARTS Websites

 
Hotspot final report can be downloaded from the links below:
 
 
 
  
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Systemic Approach

The systemic approach identifies a few proven low-cost measures to be widely implemented, then implements the measures where there is evidence that they would be most useful. The systemic measures have been proven to successfully reduce the occurrence of fatal and serious injury crashes. The process for Systemic projects was an application-based process. Local Agencies and ODOT Regions submitted applications for systemic projects in three focus areas- roadway departure, intersections, and pedestrian/bicycle. Projects were prioritized based on benefit cost ratio (for roadway departure and intersections projects) and cost-effectiveness index (pedestrian/bicycle projects).

Prioritized systemic project lists for each Region can be obtained from Region ARTS Websites.

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Analysis Tools

Listed below is the Benefit Cost Analysis spreadsheet that will be used in the applications using Roadway Departure and Intersection systemic countermeasures.


 

 
Listed below is the Cost-Effectiveness Index Analysis spreadsheet that will be used in the applications using Pedestrian/Bicycle systemic countermeasures.

 

 

 

Use the following Cost Estimator worksheet that will be used in the applications for all three areas of systemic improvements. 

Cost Estimator​ (pdf)


 

Use the following links to access ODOT reported crashes and associated tools for crash analysis.

ODOT Reported Crashes

Crash Decoder Tool​​ (excel)

Safety Priority Index System

Oregon Adjustable Safety Index System

ODOT TransGIS​


 
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Resources

To help identify potential project locations to apply for within your jurisdiction, please refer to the following implementation plans:

 

 

 

 

 
Other helpful information can be obtained from the following links:

 

 

 

  

Example business cases for safety projects can be obtained from the following links:

Curve Warning Signing Projects (pdf)

Hotspot Projects (pdf)

Intersection Systemic Projects (pdf)

Pedestrian and Bicycle Systemic Projects (pdf)

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Region Contacts and Information

For additional information, contact these Region ARTS Representatives.  Region-specific ARTS information, including hotspot and systemic lists, is also available for each region, linked below.

Region 1
Sue D'agnese (503) 731-3427
Region 1 ARTS Website

 
​Region 2
Angela Kargel (503) 986-2656

 
Region 3
Shyam Sharma (541) 774-6335

 
Region 4
Joel McCarroll (541) 388-6189  Ext 239

 
Region 5
Region 5: Jeff Wise (541) 963-1902
Region 5 ARTS Website

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions and answers about ARTS are available here​.
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