The Federal Highway Administration defines a Road Safety Audit(RSA) as the formal safety examination of a road or intersection by an independent, multi disciplinary team. The purpose of an RSA is to determine specific safety issues and ultimately identify measures to address them, with the primary objective being to save lives and reduce injuries.

The RSA program in Massachusetts is implemented in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).  The Plan provides a framework for reducing roadway fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.  It identifies the State’s principal roadway safety needs and focuses on investments that reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries.  One of the areas that the SHSP targets is lane departure crashes; single vehicle ‘run-off-the-road’ type collisions, or multi-vehicle ‘head-on’ crashes.  These types of crashes, where a motorist leaves the travel lane, frequently have tragic results.  Between 2002 and 2004 lane departure crashes in Massachusetts were responsible for 25% of the incapacitating injury crashes and almost half of all fatal crashes.  Massachusetts has targeted lane departure crashes to reduce the seriousness of these collisions.  The goal of the SHSP is to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries requiring hospitalization by 20%.

The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) is an active participant in this effort.  In Fiscal 2009 SRPEDD committed to conducting road safety audits on 11 corridors throughout the region.  These roads were selected based on the number of lane departure crashes resulting in injury or death.  The Spruce Street corridor in Middleborough was selected based on a total of 12 lane departure crashes during the 2004 through 2006 period and at the request of the town.  The goal of this RSA is to determine specific issues contributing to lane departure collisions along the corridor, and identify corrective measures, both short and long term to address the problems. 

The following safety audits are available to click to view or download:



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