Transportation Safety: Project Identification, Prioritization, and Funding

Pilachowski: Transportation Safety: Project Identification, Prioritization, and Funding

February 22, 2019

Josh PilachowskiDKS Associates' Josh Pilachowski presented Transportation Safety: Project Identification, Prioritization, and Funding at the ITS Transportation Seminar Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. Join us for beverages and cookies at 3:30 p.m.


The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a federally funded program administered by FHWA to significantly reduce traffic fatalities on public roads through improved infrastructure. While the funding is federally sourced, it is distributed to each state and left to the state DOTs to identify and prioritize specific projects to fund. This presentation will look at the methodology used by three states (California, Oregon, and Washington) to prioritize safety needs, distribute HSIP funds for projects, and track results. One of the key aspects will be descriptions of supplementary programs used in each state to assist local and regional agencies obtain the resources and expertise necessary to write successful grant applications that meet the goals of the program, (e.g., Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program (SSARP) in California). This presentation will provide insights, from a consultant’s perspective, on how the lessons learned in different states can be applied to further improve statewide project identification and prioritization efforts across the nation.


Josh Pilachowski earned his PhD from UC Berkeley in Transportation Engineering and is currently a Project Manager at DKS Associates. He is a registered Professional Traffic Engineer and has been managing projects involving safety, local and regional planning, traffic operations, and data analysis across the Bay Area and Sacramento regions. He has maintained ties with UC Berkeley, taking the opportunity to teach courses for the ITS program.