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The Road Safety Plan concept is designed to build on the foundation established by Minnesota’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The SHSP provides some guidance, but determining effective and acceptable safety countermeasures remains a challenge to many state and local jurisdictions. This plan will provide the basis for systematic implementation of safety measures across the entire jurisdiction. Local jurisdictions have several options to develop a Road Safety Plan – the end result of the process should be a document that identifies a gamut of proactive measures, based on current crash trends, which will increase the overall safety for roadway users. Each jurisdiction will develop a prioritized list of proposed safety improvements for the entire roadway network or a significant subset by route and location. Development of a Road Safety Plan will be advantageous in securing future safety funds since the systematic identification of crash problems and potential countermeasures will be a focus in the foreseeable future. 


Currently in Minnesota, all 8 MnDOT districts and 87 counties have a roadway safety plan that was developed for their system.



The primary objectives of this effort are to:

  1. Develop a document which will list safety projects in a prioritized manner by route and location(s)
  2. Analyze the jurisdictions crash data to determine patterns by location, type of crash, and any circumstance of the crash which would lead to effective countermeasures
  3. Develop projects by a consensus building exercise with key stakeholders of each jurisdiction. These should include but not limited to representatives of the 4 E’s – Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency services. Consideration should be given to representation from different modes of transportation – bike, pedestrian, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, etc…
  4. Educate stakeholders on the magnitude of the issues and the effectiveness of possible solutions


Related links


Final Report for the Minnesota County Roadway Safety Plans (PDF)

Road Safety Plans

Otter Tail County Safety Plan (PDF)

Developing Safety Plans