Highway Safety Program

Local Road Accident Reduction Program

The Local Road Accident Reducation Program (LRARP) is a program administered by CTDOT to provide safety-related improvements on municipality-owned roads. At present, there is a limit of two (2) projects per region per year. Current LRARP-funded transportation projects in the NVCOG region are:

  • Naugatuck: Rubber Avenue at Hoadley and Melbourne Streets
  • Shelton: Huntington Street at Buddington Road

The NVCOG is responsible for soliciting LRARP applications, conducting initial screening, and identifying two projects to forward to the state. The state will then look at all submitted projects and determine which provide the greatest benefit for their cost.

The 2017 LRARP submission cycle is closed. To inquire about the LRARP, please email Benjamin Muller at bmuller@nvcogct.org.

Performance Measures and Target Setting

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) integrates performance measures into many federal transportation programs, including highway safety-related measures. MAP-21 and its implementation through FHWA requires five data-driven safety-related performance measures:

  • Total number of serious injuries
  • Rate of serious injuries
  • Total number of fatalities
  • Rate of fatalities
  • Total number of non-motorized serious injuries and fatalities

Over the next year, the State of Connecticut, in coordination with NVCOG, will establish annual targets in each of these performance measures. The NVCOG will decide whether to agree to the same target at the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) level, or whether to develop discrete measures. In the past six years, the NVCOG has seen improvement on four of these five measures (all except non-motorized serious injuries and fatalities), using annual data from the UCONN Crash Data Repository. Note that NVCOG has not yet developed performance targets for these measurements. See the charts below for details.

Notes: The data source for these charts changed forms at the beginning of 2015, so data before and after 1/1/2015 are not based on the same inputs. Data are annual numbers, not averages. VMT is based on town-level DVMT numbers from CTDOT.

CTDOT Highway Safety Activity & Planning

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has an active and impactful highway safety program. Key elements of the State's program are detailed below.

State Strategic Highway Safety Plan

Connecticut develops a long-term Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) every five years. The newest SHSP was released in July 2017, and will provide guidance for state-assisted highway safety initiatives through 2021.

2017 Connecticut Strategic Highway Safety Plan

State Highway Safety Plans & Annual Reports

Connecticut is required to develop an annual Highway Safety Plan identifying highway safety issues for the upcoming year and strategies to improve outcomes, tied with an annual report that analyzes the actual crash data to identify whether the state is on target. Links to these annual plans and reports are below:

Traffic Records Coordinating Committee

The Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC) was formed in 2015 to review Connecticut's highway safety data and traffic records system for potential improvements and coordination opportunities. This committee was instrumental in updating the state's highway safety data into a consistent and federally-recognized standard. The committee consists of representatives from state departments, police departments, research agencies, and other highway safety stakeholders, and meets monthly.