Highway Safety Improvement Program – HSIP

The FAST Act continues the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public roads and roads on tribal lands. The HSIP requires a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety on all public roads that focuses on performance.



This program provides Federal funding to assist NDOR and the LPA in addressing transportation safety issues, with the intent to reduce fatalities and life-altering injuries.  The ultimate goal of safety projects; Toward Zero Deaths”.  HSIP funds must be used to make improvements at locations which constitute an existing or potential danger to vehicles or pedestrians as measured by the frequency and severity of crashes.  Some examples of eligible improvement include:  Adding turn lanes, geometric/alignment modifications, pavement and shoulder widening, signalization, and lighting. To be eligible for HSIP funds the project must address one or more of the following five Critical Emphasis Areas (CEA) of the Strategic Highway Safety Program (SHSP):

  1. Increase safety belt usage;
  2. Keeping Vehicles on the Roadway, Minimizing the Consequences of Leaving the Road, and Reducing Head-on and Across-Median Crashes;
  3. Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving
  4. Addressing the Overall Involvement of Young drivers; and
  5. Improving the Design and Operation of Highway Intersections.

**Major reconstruction of any applicable length of roadway will not quality for funding under this program.


Funding Requirement of Program:

HSIP funding is eligible up to 90 percent funded by the federal government and requires the remaining matching funds to be provided by local public agencies 


Application and Selection Process:

Proposals for the use of HSIP funds are reviewed by NDOR Safety Committee.  The committee selects projects based on volume of traffic, frequency and severity of crashes and a benefit/cost analysis.  Approved projects are added to NDOR’s Safety Schedule of Improvements.


An LPA must request Safety funds through the NDOR Local Projects Section.  Once the request is received has it has been determined it has good potential, it will be presented to the Safety Committee.  The LPA will also be given the option of presenting the proposed project to the Committee is so desired.   When submitting a request to obtain HSIP funds, the following items must be prepared for review and evaluation by the Safety Committee:


  • Location Map;
  • Crash Data;
  • Evidence of high crash location;
  • Proposed improvement to decrease the hazard;
  • Cost estimate of the proposed improvement; and
  • Must address one of the five CEA’s (ie. Roadway Departure or Intersection Improvements)