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Project Safety Management System

In 1991, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) mandated that states develop and maintain six transportation management systems, one of which was a Safety Management System (SMS). As defined by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) a SMS is "a systematic process which increases the likelihood of reaching safety goals by ensuring that all opportunities to improve highway safety are identified, considered, implemented as appropriate, and evaluated in all phases of highway planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operations"
In response to the mandate, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) began to develop a SMS. The National Highway Designation Act of 1995 made development of this management system optional, but ODOT recognized the benefits and has continued to develop a Safety Management System, comprised of the Project Safety Management System (PSMS).
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), enacted in 2005, further increased federal funding for safety improvements through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).  SAFETEA-LU required all states to develop a Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and identify a strategic approach to addressing the states most severe safety concerns.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) enacted in 2012 further the goals of SAFETEA-LU expanding the requirements of states to regularly update their SHSP’s and advance the capability of their safety data collection, analysis and integration.  In addition MAP-21 introduces the establishment of performance goals for safety to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries. 

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that went into effect in December of 2015 maintains the focus on safety and keeps intact the established structure of the safety program. The FAST Act requires states to set performance measures in terms of reduction of fatalities and serious injuries.​  

These management systems take different forms in different states but each has the goal of reducing deaths and injuries due to vehicle crashes.  The Traffic-Roadway Section administers Oregon Department of Transportation’s Project Safety Management System (PSMS).  A goal of the Traffic-Roadway Section is to provide leadership and direction to improve the safety of Oregon’s Transportation system. The PSMS is designed to improve the safety of the transportation system by assisting decision makers to allocate transportation safety resources.

System Information

Oregon has a long history of effective transportation safety programs. The system is a formalized systematic decision making process and policy direction provided by the Oregon transportation Commission’s approval of the Transportation Safety Action Plan.
The Oregon DOT's Project Safety Management System is a comprehensive data analysis and reporting system designed to improve the safety of Oregon's transportation system and reach all safety goals. The PSMS will help meet the goal of the TSAP, to reduce the traffic fatalities in Oregon from the 2009 rate of 10 fatalities per 100,000 population, to the goal of 9.25 per 100,000 in 2020.

The PSMS and associated tools give highway project leaders and designers pertinent PC-based and internet based crash, safety, roadway and traffic mitigation information to perform safety analyses and make safety investments where they will count the most.
The PSMS consists of three major elements:

1)      A​ll Roads Transportation Safety Program (ARTS) 
2)      Safety Priority Index System  (SPIS)
3)      Systemic Improvement Plans​

The above elements consist of on-line and software evaluation tools, databases, and funding options.  These assist project leaders, designers, and other transportation professionals in evaluating and improving the safety of the Oregon roadways.

Biennial Status Reports


Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Annual Reports

2015 Report

2014 Report

2013 Report

2012 Report

2011 Report  
2010 Report 
2009 Report 
2008 Report 
2007 Report