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In East-West Gateway’s recent long-range transportation plan,Connected2045, safety was listed as one of the ten guiding principles. The safety principle, titled “Promote Safety and Security” in the plan, aims to provide a safe and secure transportation system for all users.  East-West Gateway will track the progress of transportation safety to ensure that investments in the transportation system reduce both traffic fatalities and serious injuries in absolute terms, but also that crash rates decrease over time to provide a safer transportation system for all users. In order to make progress towards a downward trend in fatal and serious injury crashes, the following strategies were listed in Connected2045:

  • Continue efforts with partners to help develop strategic highway safety plans for each county in the region and publicize key findings.
  • Incorporate safety issues identified in state and local strategic highway safety plans into the planning process.
  • Support projects that focus on pedestrian safety in the region.
  • Collaborate with MoDOT and IDOT to advance and continue teen and elderly driver safety programs.
  • Continue to work with partners to integrate complete streets planning that focuses on engineering, education, enforcement and emergency response.
     
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The map above depicts the fatal and non-fatal crashes on the local and state owned systems from 2009-2013.

Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Missouri’s Coalition for Roadway Safety (MCRS)/MoDOT and IDOT are increasing their emphasis on reducing the number of deaths on the local road system as well as the state system. Both the MCRS and IDOT developed lists of the counties with the highest fatality crash numbers in each respective state. All five of the Missouri counties and two of the three Illinois counties (Madison and St. Clair County) in East-West Gateway’s region were on the lists. In addition to Missouri and Illinois’ state strategic highway safety plans, each state developed strategic highway safety plans for the counties with the highest crash numbers.

The state Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a federal requirement under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). It is a statewide coordinated safety plan developed by the state Department of Transportation with input from local, state, federal and private sector stakeholders. The plan provides a comprehensive framework for reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads and identifies key safety needs and guides investment decisions towards strategies and countermeasures with the most potential to save lives and prevent injuries. State SHSPs also set a goal or target to help gauge success in the implementation of the SHSPs.  Both Illinois and Missouri are a Toward Zero Death state which means they are setting aggressive goals to move towards zero roadway fatalities.  Listed below are Missouri and Illinois’ goals set in their current SHSP along with the year-end total of fatalities.

  • Missouri: 700 or fewer by 2016  
    • 2012 year-end total: 826 fatalities
    • 2013 year-end total: 757 fatalities
    • 2014 year-end total: 766 fatalities
    • 2015 year-end total: 870 fatalities
    • 2016 year-end total: 639 as of September 21, 2016

Note: Fatality data collected from www.savemolives.com and www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov

  • Illinois: zero fatalities
    • 2012 year-end total: 956 fatalities
    • 2013 year-end total: 991 fatalities
    • 2014 year-end total: 923 fatalities
    • 2015 year-end total: 998 fatalities
    • 2016 year-end total: 778 fatalities as of September 22, 2016

*Fatality data collected from
http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/safety/Illinois-Roadway-Crash-Data
 

In order for both Illinois and Missouri to reach their aggressive goals set in their state SHSPs, they both decided to focus on local roads while continuing to improve state routes.

MoDOT focused on 14 counties that made up 67% of fatalities on non-state roads. The City of St. Louis, Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis County were all among those 14. These 5 counties had a SHSP created for their local roads system.

IDOT focused on 35 counties with significant number of fatalities and serious injuries.  Madison and St. Clair County were among those 35. IDOT created SHSPs for each of the 35 listed as well as one for Monroe County so each of East-West Gateway’s 3 Illinois counties would have a local SHSP.

Table 1 and 2 below show the top 3 emphasis areas on local roads by county according to each of the local SHSPs.  Each of the top emphasis areas are discussed in the local SHSP.  Countermeasures and strategies are listed in the SHSPs to attempt to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes.

Table 1: Illinois - Top 3 Emphasis Areas on Local Roads

 

Young Drivers (16-20)

Road Departure

Intersection

Speeding/ Aggressive Driver

Unrestrained

Madison

X

X

X

 

 

Monroe

 

X

 

X

X

St. Clair

X

X

X

 

 

Table 2: Missouri - Top 3 Emphasis Areas on Local Roads

 

Aggressive
Driving

Unrestrained
Occupants

Run-off-road Crashes

Intersection
Crashes

Horizontal
Curves

Alcohol and/or Other Drugs

Franklin

X

 

X

 

 

X

Jefferson

X

X

X

 

 

 

St. Charles

X

 

X

 

X

 

St. Louis County

X

X

X

 

 

 

City of St. Louis

X

X

 

X

 

 

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last update: Thursday, September 29, 2016