California Department of Transportation

HSIP Cycle 7 Call-for-Projects

As of February 2015, Caltrans expects the next HSIP Call-for-Projects (Cycle 7) to be announced towards the end of April 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 this upcoming  Call-for-Projects. To help agencies prepare, Caltrans has developed this website with information for the upcoming call.

Workshops for Cycle 7 Call for Projects

  • February 26th Cycle 7 Webinar Presentation
  • Questions and answers from Cycle 7 Webinar Presentation
  • HSIP Application Flow Chart
  • Additional regional training workshops will be considered after the February 26th webinar
  • Preliminary information on Cycle 7
    The following documents and information on the upcoming Cycle 7 are in draft form.  Caltrans is providing this information in advance of the call-for-projects to give local agencies and opportunity to prepare changes incorporated into Cycle 7. These documents and changes will be discussed in detail at the February 26th webinar.  Caltrans welcomes feedback/comments on these documents through early March 2015, at which time the documents will be finalized.

  • Flyer on preliminary details of Cycle 7
  • Draft HSIP Guidelines
  • Draft Appendix B: Table of Countermeasures and Crash Reduction Factors
  • Draft Engineers’s Checklist – Intended to improve quality of applications and reduce technical flaws
  • Draft Crash Data Summary Sheet – Intended to help organize crash data
  • 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.

  • Specific information regarding HSIP Cycle 6 Call for Projects pdf
  • Instructions for HSIP Application Form pdf
  • HSIP Application Form pdf
    Note: The application form has been designed to allow for the export of information to a database. It must be completed on a computer with Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0 or later. You may download Adobe Reader for free at
  • Template for Detailed Engineer’s Estimate and Cost Breakdown by Countermeasures excel (Applicants must use this template)
  • 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:

  • HSIP NI Elements and submittal requirements

  • 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.  

  • Examples of HSIP Cycle 5/HR3 Cycle 3 Applications
  • 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.

  • Safe TREC's Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) website
  • 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. A link to the draft version of Appendix B, Table of Countermeasures and Crash Reduction Factors is listed above.

  • Local Roadway Safety Manual for California Local Road Owners pdf
  • 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.

  • Submitting HSIP Applications for Roadway Safety Signing Upgrades and Audits - A Placer County Example and Guide pdf
  • 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.

  • Local Safety Training Opportunities (Webinars and Workshops)

  • Questions and Contacts

    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: March 5, 2015