Forward Pinellas Awarded the “Safe Streets for All” Grant
~~ The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected Forward Pinellas as a recipient of a Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Grant. ~~
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL —- On February 1, 2023, Forward Pinellas was awarded the Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Grant funds totaling $559,074.00 will be allocated to Forward Pinellas’s Safe Streets Pinellas Action Plan within the six areas of the county with known road safety issues. Forward Pinellas, in its role as the metropolitan planning organization, will use the grant funding to work cooperatively with Pinellas County and the cities of Dunedin, Gulfport, Largo, and Oldsmar to focus on defining specific safety projects within known high-injury areas of those local governments that will be advanced into design and construction as soon as possible.
Safe Streets Pinellas serves as a comprehensive safety action plan for Pinellas County. Forward Pinellas, through the Safe Streets Pinellas Action Plan, is committed to a goal of zero deaths and serious injuries in Pinellas County by 2045. The Action Plan, adopted in 2021, includes a robust regional analysis of safety, including policy, trends, and countermeasures.
Funds will be used to identify specific transportation projects and more targeted analysis that will seek to improve safety within our partner communities. Activities will involve focused community engagement with an emphasis on equity, detailed crash analysis, and deployment of near-miss technology and other innovative tools to identify root causes and determine appropriate solutions for safety issues. Through these activities, we can move forward with context appropriate, evidence-based safety solutions to change the course of our safety record.
On Feb. 1, USDOT announced $800 million grant funds for 510 projects through the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program. Safe Streets Pinellas was selected as one of the 473 Action Plan Grants awarded. The Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to fund regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. The program supports USDOT’s goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on our nation’s roadways.
For more information about Safe Streets Pinellas: https://forwardpinellas.org/safestreets/
If you are interested in getting involved with Forward Pinellas’ work, contact us today: forwardpinellas.org/get-involved.
For more information about Forward Pinellas, visit www.forwardpinellas.org.