Office of Traffic and Safety

Traffic Safety Improvement Program (TSIP)


The TSIP application process is being reviewed and revised to provide better guidance to agencies.

Paper iconFY 2017 Applications for Consideration

Paper iconRecommended Projects/Funding Amounts

Commission approved projects and funding amounts allocated for:
(Also known as "Traffic Safety Fund," "TSF," or "Half-Percent" Program)

The Traffic Safety Improvement Program (TSIP) is defined by section 761, Chapter 164, of the Iowa Administrative Code. TSIP provides safety funds to cities, counties and the Iowa DOT in three separate categories.

Intent of program

To distribute traffic safety funds (TSF) to cities, counties and the Iowa DOT for roadway safety improvements, research, studies or public information initiatives.

Who is eligible to request funding?

Cities, counties or the Iowa DOT may request funding for use on any public roads.

Qualifications for funding

Applications may be submitted for one of three categories.
  • Site-specific - construction or improvement of traffic safety and operations at a specific site or corridor with a crash history
  • Traffic control devices - purchase of materials for installation of new traffic control devices, such as signs, signals or pavement markings; or replacement of obsolete signs or signals
  • Research, studies and public information - transportation safety research, studies or public information initiatives, such as signing or pavement marking research, driver education/information, work zone safety, and crash data analysis improvements

Type of submittal required

Application form and instructions are available at the bottom of this page and may be submitted electronically or on paper.

Maximum funding

TSF awards cannot exceed $500,000 per project.

Type of approval required

Applications are reviewed by an internal/external committee of representatives from cities, counties and the Iowa DOT. Recommendations are then made to the Iowa Transportation Commission, which then approves funding of specific projects.
  • Site-specific projects are evaluated by benefit/cost ratio analysis and other criteria.
  • Funding for traffic control devices is awarded considering the safety benefits of eligible applications, annual funding level and other criteria.
  • Funding for research, studies and public information initiatives is awarded considering their relationship to safety, annual funding level and other criteria.

Program’s annual funding level

One half of one percent (0.5 percent) of Iowa’s Road Use Tax Fund.
  • $500,000 per year for traffic control device projects
  • $500,000 per year for research, studies and public information initiatives
  • Remainder available for site-specific projects (Amount varies by year - historically the amount ranges between $5 and $6 million per year.)

Important dates

Applications are not accepted after August 15, 2015
Notice of approval will be sent by mid-December 2015, and funds will be available on July 1, 2016. Funding for approved projects may be available sooner, if requested, and on a case-by-case basis.

Where to send applications

Applications may be submitted by hard copy or electronically (as .xls, .xlsx, .doc, .docx, or .pdf) to


Chris Poole, P.E.
Office of Traffic and Safety
Iowa Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010

Forms and Links

UPDATED: pdf TSIP Application Instructions (49k) [Rev. May 2015] - Complete instructions, including printable cover form.

Word DocumentTSIP Electronic Application Forms (107k) [Rev. May 2015] - Fillable application forms for the cover page and "Application Certification" for local governments.

Excel DocumentBenefit/Cost Worksheet (165k) [Rev. May 2015] - Includes B/C worksheets for both roadway segments and intersections/spot locations.

Updated: Crash reduction factors should be obtained from the Crash modification Factor Clearinghouse Web site,

pdf Iowa Administrative Code Section 761, Chapter 164 (108 kb) - Section of the Iowa Administrative Code that defines the Traffic Safety Improvement Program.

For information about other funding sources, see the Iowa DOT Funding Guide.