Transportation Safety Initiatives
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission coordinates and contributes to Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Road Safety Audits on the Region’s hazardous intersections as discussed by the Transportation Advisory Council and directed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The HSIP annually provides about $400,000 of Federal transportation funding for road safety modifications in the Berkshires.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission transportation planning staff helps improve transportation safety within our other activities and studies, even if it is not directly related to the HSIP. Corridor studies, access management activities, and requests from local communities to evaluate crashes or hazardous roads are all part of Berkshire Regional Planning Commissions ongoing commitment to reduce crashes in the Berkshires.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission anticipates working with MassDOT on new safety programs that improve traveler safety at locations that involve vehicles leaving their lanes on curves or frequently involve crashes or near misses with pedestrians. These programs are part of the the Commonwealth’s “The Way Forward” initiatives and are expected to begin in 2014."