This manual is designed to provide background information and offer an approach for reviewing safety conditions on local roads and streets. It also should help local officials with setting priorities and planning for both immediate action and future improvements. There are no federal or state requirements for the improvement of roadway safety hazards. This manual is not intended to be a standard. The specific examples and suggestions are given only as examples.
This document provides guidance for maintaining pedestrian facilities with the primary goal of increasing safety and mobility. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed the Guide as one of several means of reducing the approximately 4,000 pedestrian fatalities and tens of thousands of pedestrian injuries occurring in the United States annually. This Guide is based on a research report completed as a part of developing the guide. The report is available online and includes a literature review, review of local maintenance programs including discussions with 50 municipalities and state agencies, and an overall assessment of the current practice of pedestrian facility maintenance.
The Wisconsin situation
Liability of governments and their employees
Specific areas of liability related to roadway management
Legal limits of liability
Accident managementCommunicate with law enforcement personnel
What to do if you are sued
Summary of Wisconsin municipal liability case law