The National Academies

NCHRP 17-130 [Anticipated]

Development of Comprehensive Training for the Second Edition of the Highway Safety Manual

  Project Data
Funds: $400,000
Staff Responsibility: Yi Zhao
Comments: In development
Fiscal Year: 2025

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

NCHRP Project 17-71A is developing proposed updated content for the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual (HSM), second edition The HSM second edition integrates several associated research projects, other related HSM guidance documents and publications, and additional research and analysis performed through NCHRP Project 17-71A. While the HSM second edition is not intended to be a complete rewrite of the first edition, the HSM has undergone significant changes in content and organization. New content includes additional human factor considerations, areawide evaluation, and systemic safety analysis. Pedestrian, bicycle, and freeway crash prediction methods have changed significantly and will require additional training for existing users.

Training material and tools are needed to support HSM application by state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other practitioners.

The objective of this research is to develop comprehensive training materials for the HSM, second edition. Activities and deliverables may include:

  • A comprehensive modular training based on chapters and/or technical use cases, such as planning, project development, and performance-based design decisions.
  • A package of electronic analysis tools building on existing tools to illustrate and support use of the HSM, second edition. These tools should be incorporated in the modular training course.
  • One pilot offering of the course to obtain feedback from a pool of reviewers that represent expected HSM users. 


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