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Tribal Technical Assistance Program

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
7770 Johnson Ave S
Bloomington, MN
Cost: Free

Low-Cost Safety Improvements

Jan. 22, 8:30 – noon

Low Cost Safety Improvements (LCSI) is a 3.5-hour training class condensed from Road Safety
365. It is designed to provide tribal agencies with practical and effective ways to implement low cost safety solutions into their day-to-day activities, reducing collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Topics discussed include the need to make roads safer, road safety myths vs. realities, how to “read the road” and improve safety in the community, and practical and proven low cost countermeasures for safety.

Road Safety Audits/Assessments

Jan. 22, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Participants in this 3.5-hour class will learn how to improve transportation safety by applying a proactive approach to reduce accidents and their severity in tribal lands. These techniques address examination of a roadway by an independent, qualified audit team. The RSA is a way for an agency to improve safety and to communicate to the public how they are working toward accident reductions. This class includes topics including RSA definition and history, how to conduct a RSA, and identifying the common safety issues found with RSAsSubhead (Heading 3).

Improving Safety by Controlling Right of Way

Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m. noon

In Indian Country, the most common type of crash is the run-off-the-road crash. The impact on the vehicle when it leaves the road determines the survivability of that crash. Railroad grade crossings represent another common crash location for tribal families. This 3.5 hour class identifies some of the hazards that are built, planted or placed in the Right of Way that can lead to crashes. It will also explore some of the common problems with railroad crossings and will identify the safety features of those crossings.


Jan. 23, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Roundabouts are a proven safety solution for reducing the frequency and severity of intersection crashes and are increasingly being used on tribal lands. This 3.5-hour class presents an introduction to the basics of roundabout geometry, the safety and other benefits of roundabouts, how to overcome opposition, and basic design elements of roundabouts.

Safety Plan Development

Jan. 24, 8:30 a.m. – noon

Indian Country Transportation Systems are managed by many Tribal, Federal, State and Local Agencies involved in providing a safe and efficient transportation system to keep up with growth and development. To enable tribal areas access to Federal, State and Local funds that have been provided to assist with the tribal transportation systems, a data/evidence-driven decision process, a Tribal Transportation Safety Plan, needs to be developed. This class will explore the resources provided by the FHWA to assist each of the tribal areas in the development of these plans.

Safety Data: What Do I Need and How to Collect It

Jan. 24, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

This 3.5 hour safety data class will assist tribal agencies as they are developing a Tribal Safety Plan to gather and review the data needed when developing or updating those plans. As a Safety Plan is being developed, assumptions about concerns and issues may be made, while these concerns are based on experience and are very real, not all of the solutions may be apparent. This class will assist participants to gather the whole picture, enabling them to develop a Data and Evidence Driven Decision as they develop/update their Safety Plan.

Crash Data Analysis

Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m. – noon

This 3.5-hour class offers participants a basic understanding of the data/evidence-driven process and its role in the development of a Tribal Safety Plan. The data/evidence-driven decision process used with a Safety Plan requires an organization to understand the process of analyzing both road segment and intersectional crash data. It also requires an organization to identify possible causes and trends within the data. Participants will also learn effective corrective actions to reduce the threat of additional crashes.

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

Jan. 25, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Eleven percent of all crashes that occur on tribal lands are pedestrian-related. A safe transportation system must address the needs of the multi-modal transportation system, especially where bikes and pedestrians share the road with vehicular traffic. This 3.5-hour class will review effective safety projects, addressing the need for non-data-based reviews and identifying methods for addressing the needs of tribal pedestrians and bicyclists.