HAZARD ELIMINATION SAFETY (HES) PROGRAM

Program Discussions

Bob . . . 

I spoke this morning with Robert Jastremski, 703-383-2395, concerning the HES Program applications. He has the forms and indicated that he is the person with whom you should work to file an application, the deadline for submission of which is June 30, 2002. I'm not sure what the specific proposal is that you intend to make, but part of the application data is a cost-benefit analysis where the cost of the improvement(s) being proposed is compared to the costs of the accidents (values are apparently assigned to injuries, fatalities, property damage, etc.). For example, if the proposal is to install a crosswalk and crossing signal at an intersection, the cost of the installation would be compared to the 'benefit' that would be achieved by eliminating the accidents that had occurred at that intersection (this is how the accident statistics would be used). This 'calculation' provides a cost-benefit ratio that is used in comparing one HES application to another in competition for the limited funds available.

I hope this is helpful/Jim <JCossey193@aol.com>

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Bob . . .
The process as I understand it requires completion of a 'form' application (I'm not sure from whom the forms are available, but that should be easy to find out) that is submitted to VDOT where it is put into the hopper for evaluation/consideration against all other submissions. There probably is a deadline for submission, but don't know what it is. It could well be June 30. The most recent 'success' I am aware of is the application (completed collaboratively) by Fairfax County and VDOT for a project ($200K) for elimiination of a safety hazard on Hooes Road known as 'Dead Man's Curve.' That application was completed iin 2001 and the work is tentatively scheduled in the 2003/2004 timeframe.

Jim

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Bob,

I'm suggesting that you ask VDOT traffic engineers and planners and county transportation planners to propose and analyze short-term pedestrian improvements along Rte 1 for HES funding. In that way, transportation professionals will do the technical work for you and in a way that will ensure that the proposed improvements get funded.

Allen