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HSIP Cycle 7 Call-for-Projects (Next Call)

Currently, there is no active HSIP Call-for-Projects. As of April 2014, Caltrans expects the next HSIP Call-for-Projects (Cycle 7) to be announced in spring of 2015. In the meantime, local agencies are encouraged to start early by analyzing the safety of their roadway network and be ready to respond to the future Call-for-Projects. To help in your preparation, please see the following information and links under “Preparing for the Next HSIP Call-for-Projects (Cycle 7).”


Preparing for the Next HSIP Call-for-Projects (Cycle 7)

Before the next Call-for-Projects, Caltrans anticipates making some changes to the program guidelines and the application process, but expects the overall requirements and application process to be similar to the prior HSIP Call-for-Projects (Cycle 6). With this in mind, HSIP Cycle 6 documents and information are provided below for local agencies to reference as they analyze the safety of their roadway network and prepare for the next HSIP Call-for-Projects.

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 the last Call for Projects 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 is expected to significantly improve applicants’ probability of securing federal funding.

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 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.

To assist local agencies’ efforts, Caltrans and its partners host webinars and workshops to help agencies be better prepared in competing for the federal HSIP funds. All applicants are expected to attend the HSIP Cycle 6 webinar on May 16, 2013.


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If you have any questions regarding the HSIP Program, please call or email your District Local Assistance Engineer (DLAE).


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Last Updated: May 14, 2014