Thursday, December 28, 2023

Westland is awarded ‘Safe Streets’ federal grant

Wayne, Westland, Garden City, and Inkster have each been awarded $192,000 in federal grant funding to develop and join the Safe Streets for All plan. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $817 million from President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for 385 Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grants. 

The SS4A program grants go directly to regional, local, and tribal communities for implementation, planning, and demonstration projects driven at the local level to improve safety and help prevent deaths and serious injuries on national roadways. The funds will help communities in the development of road safety action plans and improve unsafe roadway corridors by implementing effective interventions, officials said. 

“Our community has experienced too many tragedies from car accidents,” said Westland Mayor Kevin Coleman. “I am grateful for the funding coming to Westland from the Safe Streets and Roads for All program. We will be able to use the money to work towards safer roadways and protecting pedestrians in Westland,” he added. 

“Through the Safe Streets and Roads for All program, we have now announced safety funding going directly to communities representing 70 percent of the people living in this country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We are acting to confront the crisis of safety on our nation's roads, helping communities work to reduce traffic deaths to the only acceptable number: zero.”