Evaluation of the Michigan Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Programs

Project Summary
Report Number:
Contract Number:
2013-0066 Z7/R2
Start Date:
March 1, 2016
End Date:
May 31, 2019


Strategic Highway Safety Plans, Towards Zero Deaths, Highway Safety Improvement Program, SHSP, TZD, HSIP, Vision Zero 



The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) was an early stakeholder in support of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Towards Zero Death (TZD) concept, a vision of eliminating roadway fatalities and serious injuries nationwide. As a part of its TZD efforts, MDOT sponsored research to review and evaluate the engineering-related elements of its highway safety programs, with consideration given to both state trunkline and local agency programs.  This research included a nationwide review of federal and state highway safety improvement programs (including annual funding) and safety performance trends in order to identify effective practices for expanded implementation in Michigan.  Assuming current funding levels, it was estimated that implementation of highway safety strategies utilized by top-performing peer states would allow Michigan to achieve its safety performance goals sooner than with the current MDOT safety program strategies.  The research resulted in several procedural and countermeasure-related recommendations related to MDOT’s highway safety programs


Project Organization


Research Manager Project Manager Performing Organization(s)
Research Manager Michael Townley    
Michael Townley
Stephen Shaughnessy