The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued $86 million in “Safe Streets and Roads for All” or SS4A grants to 235 regional, local and tribal communities to fund a variety of projects and planning studies all aimed at improving roadway safety as well as helping prevent deaths and serious injuries.
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The USDOT said those SS4A grants will help communities develop safety action plans, inform improvements along corridors with safety issues, use “quick-build” strategies to test out safety features such as separated bicycle lanes or curb extensions at intersections and more.
The agency added that this is the first of two announcements for this round of SS4A competitive grants – the second funding disbursement set for December – with those funds aimed at implementing a wide range of roadway safety improvements.
USDOT added that planning and designing safer streets is a key element of its National Roadway Safety Strategy – which it unveiled in January 2022 – to reduce fatalities and injuries on the nation’s roads.
“Whether it’s a dangerous intersection or highway, or a need for better bus and bike lanes, no one can better pinpoint a community’s safety needs than the people who actually live and work there,” said USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a statement.
USDOT noted that, in the first year of the program, it awarded $800 million in SS4A grants to over 500 communities – making SS4A one of its largest competitive programs in terms of individual awardees.
The agency noted that applications for the next round of SS4A grants are anticipated to open in February of 2024.