Ongoing Efforts to Increase Work Zone Safety at FHWA
Earlier this year, ACPA wrote to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in support of their efforts to protect highway construction workers through their Work Zone Safety Strategic Plan. We recently received a response from the Associate Administrator for Operations, Martin Knopp, thanking ACPA for our input and outlining the steps they have taken to advance worker safety in highway construction zones. Beginning with convening national and regional advisory panels and extending through ongoing workshops, FHWA has undertaken the process to develop and disseminate best practices for safety. The letter highlights actions taken around Strategic Objectives (SOs) four, five, six and eight.
SO4 is to “reduce driver behaviors that contribute to fatal and injury work zone crashes,” which FHWA has pursued by hosting a peer exchange for State DOT work zone practitioners and developing recommendations for the use of speed safety cameras. FHWA has also delivered ten state-specific workshops and a webinar on the subject. SO5 is to “reduce workspace intrusions and work struck-by vehicle crashes,” which FHWA has explored by submitting a problem statement to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), which was selected for FY22; FHWA is also encouraging agencies to review their processes for considering adopting related safety measures as well as hosting a webinar on the topic. SO6 is to “improve accommodation of vulnerable road users through and around work zones,” which FHWA has addressed by meeting with State DOTs and stakeholders and will write guidance to assist state DOTs in developing Vulnerable Road User Assessments. SO8 is to “identify, evaluate, and encourage implementation of effective, low-cost improvements to temporary traffic control,” which FHWA has pursued by developing guidance and training on low-cost work zone devices/strategies. ACPA looks forward to continuing our relationship with FHWA to promote work zone safety.