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.
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
- 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.