July 16, 2024


7:45am to 4:00pm EST

Contact Hours


Location Online - Course

This hybrid online class will combine both live instruction and independent online work that you will complete during the day.  Independent work will include quizzes, readings, videos and short assignments.  Access to a computer with a webcam (either a camera that is built into your laptop or one that connects via USB), a reliable internet connection and a workspace that is free from distraction and noise will set you up for success.


This workshop provides local agencies with relevant information to reduce roadway departure crashes on their roadway network. It addresses best practices for identifying locations with historical or potential rural roadway departure issues and introduces countermeasures that address them. It offers information on the procedures and processes to improve safety by reducing the potential for roadway departure crashes.  The workshop raises awareness about the tools and resources available through VDOT’s HSIP program, systemic safety analysis, and project development.


Module 1: Introduction to Combating Roadway Departures
Implementation Approaches
Implementation Comparison

Module 2: HSIP Program Background, Tools, and Resources
Safety Project Planning
VDOT’s HSIP Resources / Tools for the Safety Practitioner
Crash Reporting Crash Severity Nomenclature

Module 3: Systemic Safety Analysis and Project Development
Crash Data – Virginia’s Localities and PDC / MPO Needs
Nominal Safety and Substantive Safety
Potential Risk Factors

Module 4: Crash Reduction Factors and Cost Estimation
Crash Reduction Factors
Project Cost Estimation
VDOT District Averages
VDOT Road and Bridge Specifications

Module 5: Case Study
Franklin County, Virginia
Roadway Departure Safety
Virginia State Preferred CMF List


Walter C. Catlett

Walt Catlett possesses over 25 years of experience in urban drainage and stormwater management, combined with over 30 years of safety experience from the concrete pipe industry, military, and consulting engineering.  He is an effective trainer and educator responsible for the training of military personnel and public works professionals.  He serves on Virginia’s Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) Advisory Board. He also serves on the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Research Advisory Council. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA.  Mr. Catlett served in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army Reserves for a combined 30 years.

Who Should Attend

This workshop should be of interest to those in a variety of fields including engineers and project managers, transportation and land use planners, law enforcement, agency directors, safety data collectors, managers, and analysts.

Registration and Payment

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

Local Government: $30.00
State/Federal: $30.00
Private Industry: $30.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.