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Roadway Safety Planning Grants

Posted: 11/8/2023

USDOT recently announced $86M in Safe Streets & Roads for All (SS4A) grants have been awarded to 235 regional, local and tribal communities for Planning & Demonstration projects that will improve safety and help prevent roadway deaths and serious.

SS4A grant funds 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.

Funding Disbursements

This is the first of two FY23 funding announcements for the SS4A competitive grant program, which identifies Planning & Demonstration Grants only. A second announcement is anticipated in December that will include additional Planning & Demonstration Grants as well as Implementation Grants.

Winner's Spotlight: 3 Projects in California

18 California agencies were awarded in this first announcement, capturing over $10.6M in total funding. A couple of those projects are spotlighted below:  

  • The City of Auburn is using their SS4A grant funds to develop a Comprehensive Safety Action Plan (CSAP) to systemically identify, address, and prioritize projects that reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries.

  • The City of Ontario is developing a new Citywide Safety Action Plan that will give underserved communities the opportunity to provide direct input to find and tailor solutions to improving local roadway safety in their neighborhood.

  • The City of Hollister is using this funding to identify and plan safety needs for future improvements at important high volume pedestrian/bicyclist traffic locations within the city, as well as location where bicycle/pedestrian accidents have occurred.

The full list of California awards includes:

Lead Applicant Project Name Rural/ Urban  Funding Award 
City of Adelanto SS4A Comprehensive Safety Action Plan Urban $240,000
City of Auburn Safety Action Plan Rural  $400,000
City of Elk Grove 2023 Action Plan Urban  $680,000
City of Galt Safety Action Plan Rural  $180,000
City of Hayward High Injury Network Supplemental Planning Urban  $3,252,000
City of Hollister Safe Streets for All Planning Grant Rural  $1,080,000
City of Lompoc Comprehensive Safety Action Plan Rural  $500,000
City of Martinez Vulnerable Road Users Safety Action Plan Urban  $240,000
City of Mt Shasta Safety Action Plan  Rural  $168,000
City of Ontario  SS4A Action Plan Urban  $360,000
City of Pasadena Citywide Active Transportation Plan Urban  $759,200
City of Santa Paula, CA Vision Zero Action Plan  Rural  $280,000
City of Shafter Traffic Safety Action Plan Rural  $160,000
County of Amador Keep Amador Roads Safe (KARS) Rural  $800,000
County of San Diego SS4A Supplemental Action Plan  Urban  $744,000
The City of Newman Road Safety Plan Rural  $120,000
Town of Mammoth Lakes Safety Action Plan Rural  $80,000
Transportation Agency for Monterey County Regional Vision Zero Plan Rural  $640,000
Total      $10,683,200

Planning & Demonstration Grants

These grants provide federal funds to develop, complete, or supplement a comprehensive safety Action Plan.

The goal of an Action Plan is to develop a holistic, well-defined strategy to prevent roadway fatalities and serious injuries in a locality, tribe, or region.

Planning & Demonstration Grants also fund supplemental planning and/or demonstration activities that inform the development of an Action Plan.

Implementation Grants

Implementation Grants provide federal funds to implement projects and strategies identified in an Action Plan to address a roadway safety problem.

Projects/strategies can be infrastructure, behavioral, and/or operational activities.

Implementation Grants may also include demonstration activities, supplemental planning, and project-level planning, design, and development.

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