$817 Million Safe Streets Grants Include $25M for Detroit

The city plans to use the funds to make safety and accessibility improvements at bus stops.

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December 19, 2023, 7:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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One of four electric transit buses in the Detroit Department of Transportation fleet. | Detroit Department of Transportation / Detroit Department of Transportation

The city of Detroit was awarded $25 million in federal Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant funding to improve safety and accessibility at bus stops and intersections, reports Hernz Laguerre for WDET.

“Improvements will include building transit islands for safer transfers between routes, sidewalk widening, high-visibility crosswalks, intersection lighting, signal timing improvements and updated curb ramps in compliance with the American Disabilities Act.” The grant will also fund an analysis of gaps in the bikeway network and updates to the city’s Comprehensive Action Plan.

Other Michigan cities and counties were awarded SS4A grants, including Dearborn, Macomb County, and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. All projects are aimed at reducing pedestrian deaths and making road conditions safer through design elements, lighting, and technology.

Elsewhere around the country, the grants will pay for 48 safety projects and 337 planning or demonstration projects ranging from road diets and crosswalk improvements to bike lanes and green infrastructure.

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