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US DOT awards over $82M in grants for safer streets to 235 communities

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Under the Safe Streets and Roads for All program, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $ 82.6 million in grants and to 235 regional, local, and ethnic communities on Friday.

Funds will be used to test features like guarded bike lanes or curb extensions as part of efforts to increase road safety, including safety action plans and quick-build strategies.

According to a press release from the transportation department, this announcement is the first of two rounds of Safe Streets and Roads for All grants for the fiscal year 2023, with the following announcement scheduled for December.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 43, 000 people perished in traffic accidents in 2022. The number of fatalities remained higher than any year since 2005, despite a moderate decline from the previous year.

In an email praising the awards announcement, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., stated that” traffic fatalities hit a 16-year higher in 2021—a crisis on our shared streets for pedestrians and cyclists in certain.”

The 2021 infrastructure law, which allocated$ 5 billion over a five-year period starting in 2022, established the Safe Streets and Roads for All voluntary grant program. The DOT gave$ 800 million for street safety in the first year of the program.

A representative sample of the latest round’s awards included:

  • In support of its Vision Zero Action Plan, Deerfield Beach, Florida, received$ 192, 000 to test a momentary construction project along Southwest 3rd Avenue. The city wants to know how to make the corridor safer, more approachable, and more mobile.
  • A$ 400 000 grant was given to the Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System in Maine so that it could create an action plan and begin short-term demonstration projects like isolated bicycle lanes and flashing beacons at a few crucial intersections.
  • To pilot quick-build Complete Streets projects andnbsp in areas with high rates of traffic fatalities and serious injuries, pilot temporary lane and street closures along the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network once per month for six months, and install sensors for one year at key intersections to track transportation modes and different information, the Maryland City Department of Transportation was awarded a$ 9.92 million grant—the largest individual grant in this round.

In February, applications for the following round of Safe Streets and Roads for All grants are anticipated to open.

Leo Portal

Leo is an expert in the field of smart city research and an overall tech-enthusiast with an emphasis on smart energy, IOT, smart homes and governance. After a master degree in international administration at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and a master in public management at Fudan University in China, he pursued research studies in the field of smart cities at the European University Institute. This led him to publish multiple articles on smart cities. Among them “Using Smart People to Build Smarter: How Smart Cities Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Workers to Drive Innovation (Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland)” published in the Smart Cities and Regional Development Journal (SCRD) and “Establishing Participative Smart Cities: Theory and Practice”, also published in the SCRD Journal. He regularly audits and advises municipalities and regional governments on their smart city strategies. He is currently writing a chapter for Springer on smart mobility in French smart cities.

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