The 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 should 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.
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 a fully Jurisdictionally Blind 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 is well underway, a reasonable expectation is to start the Jurisdictionally Blind Safety Program in 2017.
Meanwhile ODOT intends to implement a transition plan for 2013-2016. The transition will be developed to bridge the gap. Funding for local roads will be allocated to primarily focus on a few systemic low cost fixes that can be implemented in the shorter timeframe.