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Identifying Low-Cost Improvements to Boost Safety on Tribal Roads

Posted: Nov 1, 2019

Tribal communities recognize the need to improve roadway safety. A five-step methodology has been developed by the Wyoming Technology Transfer (WYT2) Center to improve roadway safety on reservations. This methodology, initially implemented on the Wind River Indian Reservation, led to the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s funding of three system-wide, low-cost safety improvement projects. Due to the success of the program on the Wind River Reservation, tribes across the country have become interested in implementing the program. WYT2/Wyoming Local Technical Assistance Program and the Northern Plains Tribal Technical Assistance Program (NPTTAP) are helping tribes implement this program on their reservations in the Great Plains region, and have developed criteria to identify tribes for participation. The three studies in this project aimed to improve roadway safety of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe Reservation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe Reservation.

Khaled Ksaibati, Ph.D.
University of Wyoming

Regional Implementation of Tribal Transportation Safety Program

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050