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Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A): What Rurals Need to Know

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Hey Rurals, 

Have you heard of the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program? Well, you’re in the right place. We’ve looked through the info and boiled it down for rural practitioners.

SS4A is Earmarked for Safety Plans

SS4A is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and will provide money to develop or enhance Comprehensive Safety Action Plans. We’re big proponents of roadway safety plans. One version of these plans that we love is a Local Road Safety Plan, an FHWA proven safety countermeasure. You should have one of these plans, so why not see if you can get a grant to fund it? 

Bonus – If you already have a plan and want to improve or implement it, these grants can be used for that as well. 

(Side note: FHWA has a cool local road safety plan DIY site where you can build one: www.safety.fhwa.dot.gov/LRSPDIY)

There are Opportunities for Rural and Tribal Funding

You all can qualify for this money. While larger cities and MPOs can apply, so can tribal governments, counties, and towns. 

The NOFO Will Drop This Spring

The notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is not out yet, but will be soon. Get your ducks in a row now. 

How Do I Learn More? 

USDOT is holding three webinars to explain the SS4A grant process to distinct groups. Two are most relevant to rural/tribal. Here’s the info:  

Getting Ready for the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Program – Tribal Governments

Getting Ready for the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Program – Counties, Cities, Towns, Other Special Districts That Are Subdivisions of a State, and Transit Agencies

Also, here’s the full USDOT SS4A page if you want to do a deep dive: www.transportation.gov/SS4A 

Safety Plans Work. Get One or Improve Yours.

The BIL provides all sorts of new funding opportunities for rural and tribal road safety. Seize them!

And if you need help or have questions, reach out anytime. We’ll point you in the right direction – info@ruralsafetycenter.org

 

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