California Department of Transportation

Roadway Safety Training and Materials

Many California Cities, Counties and other local governments are challenged by the lack of training with respect to the roadway safety practices. The local agencies also wish to be updated with the most recent roadway safety technologies. The purpose of this webpage is to announce upcoming roadway safety related training opportunities. Recorded audios or videos and materials of past training courses may also be posted at this webpage so that those who were unable to attend in person can still learn and those who have attended can review what they have previously learned.

In addition, Caltrans Local Assistance Blog (theLAB) and California Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC) also provide information regarding local transportation events and resources. Below are the links to theLAB and ATRC websites.

State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) – Local Roadway Departure Safety Workshops

Roadway Departure crashes are frequently severe and account for the majority of highway fatalities. In 2015, there were 18,695 fatalities as a result of roadway departure crashes, which was 53.3 percent of all the traffic fatalities in the United States. Roadway departure crashes account for 46 percent of all traffic fatalities in California and significantly higher in rural areas. More information can be found on the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) “Roadway Departure & Head-On Collisions” Challenge Area at: on page 40. All proposed projects must tie back to one of the five roadway departure strategies to be eligible for federal funding.

Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Program, a series of eight (8) free Local Roadway Departure Safety Workshops, four in 2017 and four in 2018, are presented by UC Berkeley, Caltrans, California Highway Patrol (CHP), FHWA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and Department of Public Works of a local agency. Participants are able to learn:

  • Why we need to focus on roadway departure safety;
  • Where the crashes happen;
  • National proven safety countermeasures, local proven safety countermeasures and their applications in improving safety and saving lives; and
  • Funding opportunities and how to apply.
The locations and dates of the eight workshops were:
  • 1st Workshop: Jackson (Amador County) on April 19th, 2017;
  • 2nd Workshop: Red Bluff (Tehama County) on May 24th, 2017;
  • 3rd Workshop in Crescent City (Del Norte County) on July 17th, 2017;
  • 4th Workshop in Hanford (Kings County) on September 27th, 2017;
  • 5th Workshop in San Diego on February 13th, 2018;
  • 6th Workshop in Riverside on February 14th, 2018;
  • 7th Workshop in Marina (Monterey County) on March 7th, 2018; and
  • 8th Workshop in Susanville (Lassen County) on May 2nd, 2018.

You may download the presentation files from the workshops below.

List of Presentations from the STIC Workshops
(Followed by contact information of the presenters)

1. Overview of Roadway Departure Safety

2. National Proven Safety Countermeasures for Roadway Departure Safety

3. Local Proven Safety Countermeasures for Roadway Departure Safety

4. Funding Opportunities through the HSIP/HSP

FHWA Roadway Departure Technology Transfer - Roadside Safety System Design, Inspection and Maintenance Training, November 17th, 2016

This training was presented by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in collaboration with Caltrans, the California Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center, and the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC), at Sacramento State University on November 17th, 2016.

Target Audience:
The target audience for this training includes designers, inspectors and maintenance personnel within Caltrans local government agencies having direct responsibilities for designing, installing, maintaining, or inspecting traffic barriers, including end terminals, barrier transitions, and crash cushions.

Recorded sessions and materials:
This one-day training session is one of the deliverables under FHWA Contract DTFH61-10-D-00021, Roadside Safety Systems Inspection, Maintenance and Designer Program. The program objective is to assist local transportation agencies by providing their personnel with the appropriate information needed to ensure optimal barrier installations. The program provides the following deliverables:

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