2019 County Safety Program: Call for Projects

Open - Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019.


Available Funding

Approximately $25 million of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to reduce fatal and serious injury (pdf 128 kb) crashes on county roads using engineering improvements/countermeasures. Learn more about the Highway Safety Improvement Program.


  • Only counties in Washington state are eligible to apply. Other organizations may work with a county to propose/develop a project.
  • Preliminary engineering/design, right-of-way, and construction phases of projects are eligible for funding.
  • Infrastructure-related improvement projects are eligible for these funds. Data collection projects are also eligible and must be consistent with local road safety plans. Maintenance, enforcement, and education activities are not eligible.
  • When upgrading an intersection's control type from traffic signs, the city/town must evaluate a roundabout and provide justification if a roundabout is not selected. 
  • Counties must submit a local road safety plan that addresses fatal and serious injury crashes in the county to be eligible to apply. A local road safety plan is a data-driven analysis and prioritization of an agency's roadways for traffic safety, based on the top crash type(s). Using specific information about the factors present at specific crash locations, the county must identify other locations where those factors are present. They then must identify and prioritize improvements/countermeasures/projects to address the highest priority locations. This prioritized list of projects must be presented in the local road safety plan, which must be submitted with the application.The local road safety plan must document how and why the priorities were selected. Learn more and get resources about local road safety plans (pdf 279 kb).

Crash Data Summary

Local Programs sent each county a crash data summary. The summary shows information about the fatal, serious injury, and total crashes in the county. It also shows how the county compares with other counties in the state. The summary does not include detailed crash data.

Other Requirements

  • Projects require a ten percent local match per phase (preliminary engineering/design, right-of-way, and construction) for all eligible federal expenditures. If the construction phase is authorized by April 30, 2021, the construction phase is eligible for 100% funding (no local match required). Federal funds cannot be used as match for any phase.
  • Projects must be fully funded between this funding and other funding sources, as applicable.
  • Only one application per county may be submitted. All prioritized projects should be shown on the application.
  • There is no maximum funding that can be requested on the application.
  • Projects must comply with all necessary federal and state requirements, described in the Local Agency Guidelines Manual.
  • Once a project has been awarded funds, the county shall complete the project as selected.
  • Project recipients must report quarterly on the status and expenditures of each project.
  • Project recipients are required to submit monthly progress billings to ensure timely reimbursement of eligible federal expenditures.
  • Project costs incurred prior to federal fund obligation are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Agencies that do not actively pursue the awarded project are at risk of the project being canceled and the funds reprogrammed.

Selection Process

  • All properly submitted applications will be reviewed to ensure they are complete and eligible for funding.
  • All projects will be prioritized based on how effective the proposed work is anticipated to be in reducing fatal and serious injury crashes.
  • All projects will be prioritized based on past and current delivery of federal projects by the applying agencies..
  • WSDOT may conduct site visits with the applicant as needed.
  • WSDOT’s Local Programs Director will select the final County Safety projects by Oct. 2019.

Application Form

A completed application form is required and can be downloaded from here: (doc 37 kb), (pdf 320 kb). Applications must include:

  • A vicinity map showing the locations of all improvements/countermeasures/projects.
  • A local road safety plan for the county applying for funding. The information in the application must match what is in the plan.
  • For projects that add or revise travel lanes or sidewalks, a conceptual plan and cross section showing the existing and final configurations.
  • A detailed cost estimate for each phase (preliminary engineering, right of way, and construction). The cost estimate for construction must be determined assuming that the project is design-bid-build or design-build and not by the agency's forces.

Application forms and the above items can be completed electronically or in writing/be hand drawn but must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 by email to HLPGrants@wsdot.wa.gov. Paper submittals will not be accepted. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Program Contacts