Urgent Alert: Road and Pedestrian Safety Grants

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is offering $12 million in grants to fund transportation safety programs, including $6 million for High Risk Rural Road communities. Deadline for the federally funded 2018 HRRR program is Sept. 2.

High Risk Rural Road areas are eligible for a $600,000 grant per project, with just a 10 percent local match.

The Local Safety Program also has $6 million available for grants up to $600,000. There is a 20 percent match for those grants. Deadline is Sept. 23.

HRRR & Local Safety Project examples:

  • Corridor wide shoulder and center line rumble strips, improved permanent signing (such as chevrons on curves or intersection signing), pavement markings (such as the addition of edge line markings), clear
  • vision corners or reflectorized back plates
  • High Friction Surface applications at spot locations
  • Elimination, replacement or installation of guardrail/removal of fixed objects
  • Traffic and pedestrian signal optimization, installation, and upgrades
  • Access management
  • Intersection safety improvements (lighting, stopping sight distance, clear vision corners)
  • Horizontal and vertical curve modifications
  • Sight distance and drainage improvements
  • Bridge railing replacement or retrofit
  • Mid-block pedestrian crossings; improvements to school zones This list is not all inclusive and other types of safety improvement projects can be submitted for consideration

The Local Safety Project Application Examples also included two additional items:

  • Removal of fixed objects
  • Projects from a Local Road Safety Plan priority emphasis area (these projects will receive additional consideration during the selection process)

This list is not all inclusive and other types of safety improvement projects can be submitted for consideration.

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