Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program
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Work Zone Safety Grants

The Work Zone Safety Grant Program develops and provides highway work zone safety training and guidelines to prevent and reduce work zone injuries and fatalities. Through the four Grant recipients (American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA); Laborer's Health and Safety Fund/American Road and Transportation Builders Association (LHSFA/ARTBA); Wayne State University (WSU); and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)), the Grant has generated numerous products, publications, and training resources.

Courses, Guidelines, and Products

  • Grant Products by Audience and Topic Area - More than 25 guideline publications, 24 training modules, and 2 software applications/programs have been developed. Some additional products are under development, and others are being planned.
  • ATSSA Courses, Guidelines, and Products - ATSSA is focusing on worker and practitioner safety guidelines development and training. Training courses cover topics such as temporary traffic control (TTC), work zone strategies, use of law enforcement personnel in work zones, and flagger training. Products include a positive protection toolbox, a safety performance measures booklet, and guidance on worker visibility and on TTC considerations for pedestrians.
  • LHSFNA/ARTBA Courses, Guidelines, and Products - LHSFNA/ARTBA is focusing on worker safety training and guidelines development. Products include a roadway safety awareness program CD and training includes the OSHA 10-Hour Training for Roadway Construction. LHSFNA/ARTBA also produces a periodic newsletter about the Grants program.
  • Wayne State University Courses, Guidelines, and Products - Wayne State University focused on utility work zones. Products developed include a synthesis and needs assessment for utility work zone safety guidelines and training, and new guidelines, presentations, an instructor's guide, case studies, and temporary traffic control plan software on utility work zone traffic control.
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Courses, Guidelines, and Products - Illinois Institute of Technology is focusing on work zone safety audits. Efforts include: (1) developing highway work zone safety audit guidelines on a national scale ready to be adapted to State or local applications; and (2) establishing training programs and conducting training to State and local transportation agencies on implementing the guidelines and promoting best practices.

Overview of the Grants

Section 1409 of SAFETEA-LU established a Work Zone Safety Grant program to provide highway work zone safety training and guideline development to prevent and reduce work zone injuries and fatalities. This four-year program made available $17.2 million of grant funds for FY 2006-09, subject to the Federal-aid highway obligation limitation. This grant program covers three areas:

  • Area 1. Construction worker training
  • Area 2. Guideline development
  • Area 3. Guideline training for State and local governments, transportation agencies, and other groups.

Nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations were eligible to apply for grants from the program. Through a competitive process, Work Zone Safety Grants were awarded to four organizations:

  • Laborer's Health & Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA)/American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
  • American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)
  • Wayne State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology.

The links below provide more information about the Program and the areas each grantee is focusing on.

  • Work Zone Safety Grant Program Overview Presentation (HTML, PPT 79KB)
  • FHWA Work Zone Safety Grant Program - Link to information about the grant program, the grantees, and their products (hosted by the Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse).

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