WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced today that 82 tribes will receive $17.5 million from FHWA’s Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) for 94 projects to improve transportation safety on tribal lands.
“These investments in tribal communities will improve safety, create jobs and increase access to work, school and medical facilities,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The funds will be used for safety planning, data improvements and engineering for tribal communities. FHWA received 234 applications from 141 recognized tribes requesting a total of $90.1 million in assistance.
Established in 23 U.S.C. 202, Congress created the Tribal Transportation Program to improve highway safety on tribal roads and other transportation facilities. Examples of the grant recipients include:
- The Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota will receive $767,818 to make improvements to six miles of BIA Route 29, which will eliminate the number and severity of crashes in the area.
- The Navajo Nation of Arizona will receive $693,000 to improve data collection from motor vehicle crashes in all seven of the Navajo Nation’s police districts.
- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan will receive $650,000 to construct 4.5 miles of asphalt, crushed stone and concrete sidewalks and pathways to reduce pedestrian fatalities and injuries, and improve overall traffic safety.
- The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians in California will receive $610,512 to install a traffic signal at Duro/Lake Wohlford Road, along with new signs and road striping to reduce collisions and improve overall safety.
- The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians in Florida will receive $395,328 to improve the intersection on Snake Road and Route 1403/10 to ease traffic conflicts which can result in crashes, and traffic jams at the entry point to Snake Road.
“Road safety is important to tribal lands,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson. “From police response time to building better sidewalks, roads, guardrails and intersections, these funds will help tribal communities better to protect the public.”
A complete list of this year’s recipients and additional details about the program can be found online at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/.