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U.S. Department of Transportation Grants Over $63M to 99 Communities for Safer Roads

The grants, a component of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law under the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program, will be allocated directly to local, regional, and tribal communities to enhance road safety and reduce fatalities and severe injuries among both motorists and cyclists, as stated by the DOT. With over 40,000 annual deaths occurring on U.S. roads, the department emphasized the urgent need for action.

According to Transportation Today,

“Bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers should be safe on our roads and streets, and the Biden-Harris Administration is taking action across the country to make our roads safer for everyone who uses them,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “Thanks to our Safe Streets for All grants, communities across the country are improving their roads so they can be safely shared by bikes, cars, and pedestrians, and this latest round of funding will make it possible for 99 communities to implement roadway safety measures that help save more lives.”

Among the communities receiving funding were Mount Holly, N.J., which received $400,000 to identify and prioritize crash trend locations where physical bicycle and pedestrian improvements can increase safety and access; Palacios, Texas, which received $320,000 to be used to develop a Comprehensive Safety Action Plan; and York, Ala., which was awarded $145,200 to pilot quick-build safety activities to assess their effectiveness.

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