Caltrans has awarded more than $227 million to fund safety projects designed to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on city and county roads around the state.
Funding, awarded last month, is provided through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program. Several Bay Area programs were funded.
"Safety is always our number one priority," said Toks Omishakin, Caltrans director. "These projects will enhance systemwide safety features, including expanded access to protected walkways and bikeways, and will move us closer to our goal of reducing serious injuries and fatalities on California roadways."
Safety is also top of mind at MTC. The MTC-led Vision Zero Working Group met for the first time in February to exchange ideas on how to make the Bay Area a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists and others. MTC recently adopted a regional Safety/Vision Zero policy and has begun development on a Regional Integrated Safety Data System to provide jurisdictions with a consistent source of data and tools for conducting safety analyses and informing their safety plans and projects. More information on the Vision Zero Working Group can be found here.
The Bay Area projects funded by Caltrans include:
- Signal Equipment, Timing, & Striping Upgrades at 4 Intersections to Improve Pedestrian Safety (Alameda County)
- Pedestrian Crossing Enhancements at 4 Locations (Contra Costa County)
- Various Locations (3) for Pedestrian Upgrade (Marin County)
- East Blithedale Avenue Pedestrian Improvements (Marin County)
- North Pacifica Pedestrian Improvements Project (San Mateo County)
- Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project (San Mateo County)
- Pedestrian Crossing Improvements at 4 Locations (Solano County)
"Many of these projects will include constructing new pedestrian and bicycle roadways that enhance pedestrian safety overall," said Dina El-Tawansy, Caltrans District 4 director.