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Federal funding to improve transportation safety in Washington communities

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 09:27

Kyle McKeon, engineering services manager, 360-705-7375

WSDOT announces safety project awards to local agencies

OLYMPIA – City streets and county roads are one step closer to becoming safer for drivers and pedestrians alike, thanks in part to a recent evaluation process. Projects from 46 agencies across Washington are in line to receive more than $48 million in federal highway safety improvement funds.

The Washington State Department of Transportation selected city and county projects that will help increase safety on multimodal transportation facilities. The projects funded by this program range from low-cost improvements, such as signing and pavement striping, to higher-cost improvements, such as curve re-alignment and major intersection reconstruction.

“These projects provide an ideal opportunity to help achieve the state’s “Target Zero” safety goal of zero traffic fatalities by 2030,” said Kathleen Davis, WSDOT Local Programs director. “The federal safety program continues to be a great resource for improving safety in Washington’s communities.”
 
WSDOT’s Local Programs provides federal safety money to jurisdictions in Washington for engineering solutions that reduce fatal and serious injury collisions. WSDOT received 89 applications, representing $110 million in project needs. All proposed projects were evaluated against crash data involving serious injury and fatal crashes. Successful projects were those that could achieve the highest safety benefit with the lowest cost.

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