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Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)

(Federal Funding)

The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a federal program that allows states to target safety funds to their most critical safety needs. The goal of the program is to reduce fatal and serious injury (pdf 128 kb) crashes by implementing the Washington state Strategic Highway Safety Plan (Target Zero).

WSDOT's programs include the City Safety program, the County Safety program, and the Railway-Highway Crossing program. Combined, these programs include a percentage for high risk rural roadways and approximately $2 million/biennium for the Safe Routes to School program.


City Safety Program

Call for projects: Closed April 16, 2018.
The next call for projects will be in January 2020 and in future even numbered years. 

The City Safety program provides funding for projects that reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on city streets and state highways using engineering improvements/countermeasures. The program includes two subprograms:

  • Spot Location: Projects must be at a specific intersection(s), mid-block location(s), or corridor(s) and must address at least one fatal or serious injury crash.
  • Systemic: Projects are identified through a city's local road safety plan, that identifies and prioritizes low cost, widespread, risk based projects. Projects can be at intersection(s), mid-block location(s), and/or on corridor(s) throughout a city or over wide areas within a city.

Funded projects:

  • 2018 projects for an anticipated $25 million in funding will be announced by December 2018. WSDOT received 68 projects from 37 cities. Get more information.
  • 2016 City Safety Awards (pdf 263 kb). Projects during this round of funding were required to be either high friction surface treatments, intersection conflict warning systems, compact roundabouts, or projects to increase the operations or visibility of traffic signals.

For more information:
Contact the Traffic Services Manager


County Safety Program

Call for projects: Closed May 31, 2017.
The next call will be in early 2019 and in future odd numbered years.

The County Safety program provides funding for projects that reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on county roads using engineering improvements/countermeasures. Projects are identified through each county's local road safety plan, that identifies and prioritizes low cost, widespread, risk based projects. Projects can be at intersection(s), mid-block location(s), and/or on corridor(s) throughout a county or over wide areas within a county.

Funded projects:

For more information:
Contact the Technical Services Manager


Railway-Highway Crossings Program

Call for projects: Closed August 4, 2017.
The next call for projects depends on if additional funding will be available in the next (after 2020) federal transportation act, and the priorities in Washington state's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (Target Zero).

The Railway-Highway Crossing program provides funding for safety improvements to reduce the number of fatalities, injuries, and crashes at public grade crossings. The program must use at least 50% of these funds to install or upgrade protective devices at railroad crossings. Examples include gates, pedestrian crossings, signal systems, and signing. Funds may also be used to eliminate grade crossings by closing them or providing grade separation.

Funded projects:

For more information:
Contact the Engineering Services Manager


HSIP Funding Details and Program Performance

HSIP funds are split between state and local agency programs based on the priority one infrastructure areas within Washington state's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (Target Zero). Those priority one areas are currently lane departure crashes and intersection crashes. The numbers of serious and fatal crashes are used to develop a program split, which equals 30% to WSDOT programs and 70% to local agencies, primarily cities and counties. The local responsibility includes crashes on city streets designated as state highways in cities that exceed 25,000 population.

The federal Transportation Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act), established five safety performance measures for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) to establish targets and report on annually. Targets are established based on the five-year rolling averages for: (1) number of fatalities, (2) rate of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), (3) number of serious injuries, (4) rate of serious injuries per 100 million VMT, and (5) number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries. States must report annually and their programs must meet at least four of the five targets to maintain compliance.