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Improving Rural Road Safety in Nevada
Rural roads make up a large part of Nevada’s transportation network. Safety on these routes is critical, since the fatality rate on rural roads is two times greater than on non-rural roads, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. 
With an eye to helping rural route owners to improve safety, this month’s newsletter focuses on training and technical assistance opportunities specific to rural routes, although several resources apply universally. Read on!
NDOT's High-Risk Rural Roads Programs
NDOT has programs to address lane departures and other safety risks along High-Risk Rural Roads (HRRR). The programs include: Find out more about how HRRR are addressed in NDOT’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Interested in implementing one of these programs? Contact Lacey Tisler,
Improving Safety on Rural Local and Tribal Roads: Safety Toolkit
The Federal Highway Administration’s Safety Toolkit provides step-by-step instructions on completing traffic safety analyses and identifying safety issues and countermeasures to address them. Each step in the Toolkit contains tools, examples, and links to resources. Watch a video to learn how to use the toolkit.
Intersection Safety Videos Provide Community Outreach
The Federal Highway Administration's Intersection Safety Program offers videos to explain intersection safety in all communities.
Rural Transportation Project Funding
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) initiative provides grants and other resources to rural communities to promote economic success. Funding can be used for rural transportation projects. Visit the grant application site to learn more.
Give Feedback on Safety Issues
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) wants local agencies' feedback on safety challenges, successes, needs, and funding sources. Take 5 minutes to provide your feedback!
Ask Steve

In addition to training, the Nevada LTAP Center provides direct technical assistance on a variety of topics. With the theme of this month’s newsletter on rural road safety, Nancy asked me to make a pitch for using rumble strips, in support of NDOT’s HRRR rumble strip program.

Rumble strips are a means of minimizing accidental lane departures.  By causing the tires to chatter or rumble as a vehicle departs from the travel lane, rumble strips provide an immediate warning to the driver, who can apply a steering correction and safely return to the travel lane.  Rumble strips are placed along the centerline and just outside the fog line on rural roads and highways where vehicle speeds exceed 45 mph.  Rumble strips are typically installed using a milling process. However, they can also be installed during pavement construction using a special roller or by placing raised markers, such as buttons.
Asphalt Institute photo of rumble strips.

More detailed information on rumble strips can be found on the Asphalt Institute’s and Federal Highway Administration’s websites through the following links.

Have a question? Email Steve.

Training on the Horizon
Rural Road Safety Training In-Person Training Need more rural road safety training? Visit the National Center for Rural Road Safety.
Contact Steve for your NVLTAP Technical Assistance needs.
Contact Nancy for your NVLTAP Training needs.
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