Caltrans is awarding more than $225 million for local projects designed to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on city and county roads. Funding is provided through the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).
“Safety is always Caltrans’ top priority,” Caltrans Director Tony Tavares said last week when announcing the awards. “These projects will enhance systemwide safety features, including enhancing safety for people who walk and bike, and move us closer to our vision of reaching zero fatalities and serious injuries on roadways throughout the state by 2050.”
A total of 282 projects from 155 local agencies will receive HSIP funds for safety enhancements that include pedestrian crossings, bike safety improvements and new traffic signals, roundabouts, turn lanes, rumble strips and guardrails. Caltrans awards these grants every other year to cities, counties, and tribal governments.
Projects approved in District 4, Bay Area include:
- $2.3M in the city Oakland to enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety by installing Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs), refuge islands, and bulb-outs, and installing/upgrading crosswalks and curb ramps.
- $1.7M for safe Oakland pedestrian accessibility and safety enhancements.
- $1M for 90th Avenue intersection enhancements in the city of Oakland.
- $249,480 for pedestrian crossing enhancements for unincorporated parts of the county.
- $173,520 for crossing improvements at two unsignalized intersections in the city of Newark.
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
- $7.4M in street lighting and safety improvements in the city of Concord. The project includes installing new lighting, upgrading existing street and intersection lighting, installing pedestrian countdown signal heads, modifying phasing to provide a Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) and installing three new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) and four HAWK signals.
- $2.5M in the city of Antioch for signal system upgrades at multiple locations.
- $1.4M for Barrett Avenue Road improvements in the city of Richmond.
- $1.3M for Byron Highway safety improvements.
- $1.1M in the county to install bike lanes by widening and restriping the roadway and installing a centerline rumble strip.
- $999,990 to replace guardrails in various locations throughout the county.
- $828,000 to install Hawk signals at trail crossings to enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety in the city of Antioch.
- $715,050 for Vasco road safety improvements in the county.
- $531,360 for traffic signal and intersection safety improvements in the city of Danville.
- $445,860 for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements in the city of Moraga.
- $249,840 to install Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs), bulb-outs and a median refuge island in the county.
- $249,984 to upgrade existing uncontrolled crossing locations to enhance pedestrian safety with flashing beacon systems in the city of Concord.
- $249,480 to install bike lane buffer delineators to provide physical separation between bicycles and vehicles and install bike boxes at intersection approaches.
- $249,415 for the county for Walnut Boulevard bike safety improvements.
- $239,040 for safety improvements on arterial roadways in the city of Pinole.
- $224,640 for MacDonald Avenue pedestrian crossing safety upgrades in the city of Richmond.
- $220,500 for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements in the city of Moraga.
- $107,910 for Hartz Avenue corridor intersection safety improvements in the city of Danville.
- $1M for active warning signs at three locations in the county along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Tomales Petaluma Road, and the Panoramic Highway. The project includes installing warning signs and High Friction Pavement treatment.
- $852,030 for various rural arterials and major collector roadways in the county.
- $640,145 for upgrading existing timber and post guardrail in the city of Mill Valley and within the county.
- $371,340 to install Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) and install radar signs in the county.
- $250,00 to add intersection safety improvements, including curb extensions in the city of San Rafael.
- $204,750 to install radar signs in various locations in the county.
- $1M for 1.1 miles of guardrail upgrades within Napa County, with four sections on Silverado Trail, one section on Petrified Forest Road, five sections on Deer Park Road, one section on Howell Mountain Road and two sections on Tubbs Lane.
- $996,300 for Silverado Trail improvements within the county.
- $639,900 for pedestrian crossing enhancements at six uncontrolled crossing locations in the city of Napa.
- $465,120 to improve pavement friction in the city of Napa.
- $252,450 for guardrail upgrades in the city of American Canyon.
SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY
- $1.9M for traffic sign upgrades in the county and city of San Francisco. The project will enhance traffic and pedestrian safety by installing new signs and replacement signs with retro-reflectivity.
SAN MATEO COUNTY
- $1.5M to enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety by installing Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs), refuge islands, and bulb-outs, and installing/upgrading crosswalks and curb ramps in the city of South San Francisco.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
- $3.2M in improvements for the city of Cupertino to improve safety on roadway segments. The project will implement measures, including dynamic/variable speed warning signs at the curves along the corridor and will improve pavement friction.
- $1.1M for a multi-corridor signal improvement project in the city of San Jose.
- $451,350 for the Ocala Avenue safety improvement project in the city of San Jose.
- $181,440 to upgrade the existing traffic signal and add protected left turns in the city of San Jose.
- $1.6M for all city-owned signalized intersections in the city of Fairfield. The project will standardize signal heads to be 12 feet and have reflective backplates citywide. Relevant locations will also have advance intersection warning signs with flashing beacons, and larger intersections will get cat tracks as needed.
- $1.6M in guardrail and pavement friction improvements in the county.
- $1.5M for lighting, pavement friction and sight-distance improvements at intersections in the county.
- $1M for signal improvements throughout the county.
- $447,570 for unsignalized intersection visibility and safety improvements in the city of Fairfield.
- $375,390 for intersection median safety improvements in the city of Suisun.
- $249,930 for a pedestrian safety improvement project in city of Vallejo.
- $249,600 bicycle lane implementation in the city of Fairfield.
- $249,210 for bike facility upgrades in the city of Rio Vista.
- $248,094 for pedestrian crossings in the city of Fairfield.
- $247,230 for pedestrian crossing enhancements in the city of Vacaville.
- $245,610 to remove and replace edge-lines for the city of Vacaville.
- $241,830 for pedestrian crossing enhancements in the city of Rio Vista.
- $239,670 for pedestrian safety enhancements in the city of Benicia.
- $219,600 for pedestrian safety enhancements in the city of Suisun.
- $215,010 to upgrade guardrails in the city of Vallejo.
- $151,020 for pedestrian crossing project in the city of Dixon.
- $312,300 for guardrail upgrades for the city of Sebastopol.
- $224,820 for pedestrian crossing enhancements for the city of Healdsburg.
- $215,820 for pedestrian crossing enhancements for the city of Sebastopol.
Caltrans Safe System approach emphasizes prevention, education and multiple layers of protection with safer road designs to achieve its goal of reducing to zero the number of fatalities and serious injuries on state roadways by 2050. Caltrans’ adoption of the Safe System approach builds on its ongoing work to embed safety in the state’s transportation system for all users, and for that reason all transportation projects the department funds or oversees now must include “complete street” features that provide safe and accessible options for people walking, biking and taking transit.
“True equity on our roads means creating safe spaces for all, where pedestrians and cyclists are valued and protected with the same care and attention as motorists, said Caltrans District 4 Director Dina El-Tawansy. “This critical funding for safety will bring us closer to achieving a sustainable and equitable transportation system for all Californians.”
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