California Department of Transportation

HSIP Cycle 7 Call for Projects

Caltrans announced HSIP Cycle 7 Call for Projects on April 27, 2015. The application due date for this Call for Projects is Friday, July 31, 2015. Applications received or postmarked after July 31, 2015 will not be accepted. Applications should be submitted to the attention of your Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineer (DLAE).

Caltrans expects all applicants to review the HSIP Guidelines, Application Instructions, Application Form, Examples of Attachments and other related information before preparing their applications. Failure to do this may result in their applications being rejected due to incomplete submittals or inaccurate data.

Note: The application form has been designed to allow for the export of information to a database. You may download Adobe Reader for free at

For this Call for Projects, non-infrastructure (NI) elements that support an infrastructure project and improve the overall safety are eligible to be funded. The NI elements may include safety education, traffic enforcement, and emergency medical services. For the additional submittal requirements and more information regarding NI elements, use the following link:

In an effort to assist local agencies in identifying highly competitive safety projects and completing the application submittal process, several successful HSIP applications from Cycle 5  are posted at the below link.  These successful applications were chosen because of their streamlined data presentation and the variety of analyses, roadways, users and improvement types. These applications are examples and only represent a small portion of the options available to local agencies. Applicants may also refer to these applications for examples of application attachments.

In the process of completing their applications, applicants are required to use the Benefit/Cost Ratio Calculator on the University of California, Berkeley - Safe Transportation Research and Education Center's (Safe TREC) Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) website. The Application Instructions will guide applicants on how to access TIMS and incorporate the Benefit/Cost Ratio results into their applications. Applicants also have the option of using the TIMS crash data and analysis tools, but this is not required:

Caltrans has developed a "Local Roadway Safety Manual for California Local Road Owners" to assist local agencies in preparing a proactive safety analysis of their roadway networks and identifying appropriate countermeasures for their high crash concentration locations. Caltrans expects the local agencies to utilize the concepts in this manual as they identify locations, consider countermeasures, and prepare applications. Understanding and utilizing the concepts in this manual should  significantly improve applicants’ probability of securing federal funding.  Within the LRSM is list of countermeasures and crash reduction factors that are utilized within the HSIP Program.

Caltrans and FHWA strongly encourage local agencies to pursue low-cost systemic improvements that can improve the safety of numerous locations, whole corridors, or their roadway networks all at one time. There is an understanding that some of these types of projects can take extensive resources to complete the safety analysis and establish the project scope. The document below, prepared by Placer and Nevada County, is intended to be a guide for California local agencies to streamline the preparation of these types of applications and include a focused Roadway Safety Audit (RSA) in the PE phase of their projects to finalize their project locations and improvements. Completing the focused RSA in the PE phase will allow this work to be federally reimbursable. This type of project will also help local agencies in complying with the CAMUTCD horizontal alignment signing requirements.

To assist local agencies’ efforts in preparing quality applications for the Cycle 7 HSIP grant funds, Caltrans and FHWA hosted a webinar on May 21, 2015.  The link below is a recording of that webinar.  It is 2 ½ hours long and would be well worth one’s time to view it as it has good information for Cycle 7 and the webinar addressed many questions that were asked.  


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Last Updated: June 18, 2015