There were 23,466 crashes in Hampton Roads in 2020, resulting in 15,002 injuries and 150 lives lost. Looking at these numbers another way, a crash occurred every 22 minutes throughout the region in 2019, with an injury occurring every 35 minutes and a fatality occurring about every two and a half days.
Roadway safety is also included in other HRTPO planning efforts. As part of the Hampton Roads Congestion Management Process, HRTPO staff selects critical congested corridors – for which improvements are identified – based on many factors, including safety. Roadway safety is also analyzed in many of the corridor and subarea studies undertaken by HRTPO.
In addition, HRTPO staff assists VDOT and Hampton Roads localities with their roadway safety efforts, including the Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan and analyzing high crash locations through Road Safety Audits. These regional and statewide planning efforts aid in the implementation of safety improvement projects, which are primarily funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). HSIP is a federal program that apportions millions of dollars annually to Virginia for various types of roadway safety improvement projects. Projects eligible for HSIP funding are evaluated by VDOT using crash data and the results of Road Safety Audits.
HRTPO staff also uses crash data to prioritize projects for inclusion in the Hampton Roads Long Range Transportation Plan and for Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) funding.
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