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Title: Development of a Highway Safety Corridor Program in Virginia
Contact: Michael D. Fontaine
Project No.: 68291
Target Date: 04/24/2006
Abstract: On March 22, 2003, Governor Mark Warner approved Senate Bill 1093 (SB 1093), which establishes a highway safety corridor (HSC) program for the Commonwealth. The program will address safety concerns on designated corridors through a combination of law enforcement, education, and safety enhancements. Fines will also be increased for moving violations in these designated HSCs. SB 1093 requires that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in cooperation with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia State Police (VSP), develop criteria for designating and evaluating HSCs. It states that this process will include a review of crash data, traffic volume information, vehicle classification data, and engineering and traffic studies. Given the requirements of SB 1093, there is a need for VDOT to develop policies and procedures for Virginia’s HSC program. The programs used in other states provide a good baseline for the initial development of Virginia’s HSC program. This project will create and evaluate an HSC program for Virginia. The Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC) will provide support to VDOT’s Mobility Management Division (MMD) to assist in the development and initial evaluation of this program.

     Michael D. Fontaine