The All Roads Transportation Safety (ARTS) Program addresses safety needs on all public roads in Oregon. The principle and purpose of ARTS is to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on all public roads; regardless of jurisdiction. ARTS projects are selected and prioritized using a data-driven approach incorporating crash data analysis, known risk factors, and other data-supported methods to identify locations to achieve the greatest benefits.
There are differences in the ARTS program when compared to other programs in the Draft 2018-2021 STIP. Most noteworthy are STIP timelines, project grouping, and the selection processes.
- The ARTS program is in transition away from the former Highway Safety Program, so project lists were developed for Federal fiscal years 2017-2021. All other programs focused on Federal fiscal years 2019-2021.
- The list of ARTS projects in the official STIP is comprised of several “bundles” of projects that were created for the purposes of efficiency in project delivery and cost savings. Individual projects that make up the bundles are listed on the project websites linked below.
- The ARTS Program utilizes two separate selection processes; at ODOT, these are referred to as Hot Spot and Systemic.
- Hot Spot – The traditional approach to safety is to identify “hotspot” locations and then identify measures to implement by diagnosing the “hotspot”. ODOT hired a consultant, in conjunction with local agencies, to develop a draft list of Hot Spot potential projects for all roads including both state highways and non-state highways. The draft list of potential projects was prioritized based on benefit cost ratios (anticipated crash reduction / pre-scoping cost estimate).
- Systemic – The systemic approach identifies a few proven low-cost measures to be widely implemented, then implements the measures where there is evidence that they would be most useful. The systemic measures have been proven to successfully reduce the occurrence of fatal and serious injury crashes. The process for Systemic projects was application-based. Local Agencies and ODOT Regions submitted applications in three focus areas: roadway departure, intersections, and pedestrian/bicycle. Projects were then prioritized based on benefit cost ratio for roadway departure and intersections projects and cost-effectiveness index for pedestrian/bicycle projects.