Local Safety / High Risk Rural Roads

  Accepting applications

This Federal Transportation funding legislation doubled New Jersey’s annual apportionment of Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds, which is a core Federal-aid program.


Who is Eligible

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  • New Jersey Municipalities

  • New Jersey Counties

Program Benefits

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    Achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-National Highway System and non-State-owned public roads, and roads on tribal lands.

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    Funds may be used for all phases of a project, including design, right-of-way acquisition, construction, and construction inspection.

Selection Criteria

Crash Locations

Addresses New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) derived high priority crash locations on county or local roadways.

Crash Analyses

Detailed crash data analyses (utilizing the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Highway Safety Manual) and minimal or no environmental or cultural resource impacts (eligible for programmatic Categorical Exclusions or self-certified Categorical Exclusions from the Federal Highway Administration).

All Phases

Design, right of way acquisition, construction, and construction inspection.

Project Profile

Stage Coach Road (CR 524), Monmouth County

Millstone Township in Monmouth County was funded by the federal High Risk Rural Roads program to improve safety on Stagecoach Road. This area experienced 21 reported crashes between 2003 and 2013 and was in need of superelevation, sight distance, and drainage improvements. The project milled and resurfaced the road, provided superelevation, applied high friction surface treatment, improved drainage, cleared brush to improve sight distance, and added new road markings, regulatory signs, and warning signs to improve road user awareness.


How to Apply for a Federal Project

Applications must be made through the SAGE system. Instructions are available on the NJDOT Local Aid and Economic Development website under Doing Business. The major components are the Scope of Work, explaining how the project meets each of the criteria, and the Data Sheet. All applications must include maps and photos are encouraged to show expected project achievements. All applications are scored based in part on the online applications and supporting documentation. To learn more about the process please review the Federal Aid Handbook.

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