June 25, 2020


7:45 AM - 4:00 PM


Online - Course

Contact Hours



Combating Road Departures uses VDOT’s Crash Tool and published resources for Localities, Planning District Commissions (PDC’s), Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) staff to: identify sites with potential safety problems; characterize accident experience; characterize field conditions; identify contributing factors and appropriate countermeasures; assess countermeasures and select most appropriate; and implement countermeasures and evaluate their effectiveness. Delivered in four (4) modules with hands on exercises and group discussions throughout the day, as well as the presentation workbook, leaves attendees with the tools to select projects for their Transportation Improvement Programs and local Capital Improvement Project 5-year plans using crash data and the Safety Analysis Process.


Module 1: Context of VDOT’s HSIP Program

  1. Locality and PDC / MPO Context
  2. VDOT’s HSIP Program – Tools, Strategy & Accomplishments
  3. FHWA’s Reducing Roadway Departures Every Day Counts
  4. Selection of Locations – What Do the Experts Say?

Module 2: Local Roadway Owners in the Context of Transportation Planning in Virginia

  1. The Roadway Departure Crash Problem
  2. VDOT is Addressing Needs to Find Locations with Higher than Expected Crashes
  3. Localities, Planning District Commissions (PDC’s), Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) – Use of Crash Data Attributes to Locate Road Departure Locations
  4. Case Studies: County level and Planning District Commission Level

Module 3: Road Safety Audits / Assessments – A Proactive Approach

  1. Countermeasure Effectiveness
  2. PDC / MPO Examples – Implementing the High Risk Rural Roads Program
  3. What Do the Experts Say? Systemic!!
  4. What Do the Experts Say About Countermeasures and Their Effects?

Module 4: Cost of Congestion versus Crashes

  1. Nominal Safety and Substantive Safety
  2. Crash Modification Factors (CMF’s) & Crash Reduction Factors (CRF’s)
  3. The Safety Analysis Process

Module 5: Mapping Road Departure and Intersection Crash Locations at the Local, PDC, MPO / TPO levels

  1. Countermeasure Selection Based on Crash Type – What Do the Experts Say?
  2. Countermeasure Selection for Vulnerable Road Users: Motorcyclists, Pedestrians, Cyclists
  3. Computing Countermeasure Crash Reduction
  4. Consider “Disbenefits” or Consequences of Countermeasure Selection
  5. How Do We Compute Crash Reduction Based on Only 5 Years of Crash History?
  6. Crash-Based Network Screening

Module 6: Cost of Crashes – the KABCO scale

  1. Once We Find Road and Lane Departure Crashes in our County or PDC, How Do We Find Sites or Locations with Promise?
  2. Calculating Crash Reduction
  3. Project Cost Estimation
  4. Countermeasure Evaluation Methods
  5. Intersection Safety & Innovative Intersections and Interchanges
  6. Intersection Crash Reduction Computations
  7. Addressing Risk Factors


Becky Golden

Becky Golden is Virginia’s first Safety Circuit Rider, coming to the program with more than 30 years of experience as a project and design engineer in local government in eastern and central Virginia. After beginning her career at Newport News Shipbuilding, she held various positions of increasing responsibility at the City of Virginia Beach, Hanover County Public Works, and Spotsylvania County. She also served in senior advisor roles with the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and the American Traffic Safety Services Association. Becky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in surveying and transportation design from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and Chief Finance Officer for the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers.

Who Should Attend

This workshop should be of interest to those in a variety of fields include engineers & project managers (design, traffic, safety, utilities, maintenance, operations), transportation & land use planners, law enforcement, agency directors, inspectors, emergency response personnel, safety data collectors, managers, and analysts.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:


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