Boulder has been granted a significant $23 million Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation. These funds are designated to facilitate the execution of the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan, aimed at eradicating severe crashes. The upcoming projects are slated for design between 2024 and 2025, followed by implementation and construction phases spanning from 2026 to 2028.
According to the City of Boulder, City staff will implement the funds using a safe systems approach — striving to create a transportation system that prevents crashes and reduces the harm caused to people if crashes do occur. All proposed projects will target four of the seven most common crash types on the city’s High Risk Network with proven, low-cost, high-impact countermeasures throughout Boulder. The High Risk Network, developed as part of the 2023-2027 Vision Zero Action Plan, represents just 7% of city streets but accounts for 48% of serious- and fatal-injury crashes in the city. Additionally, many of the proposed projects support ongoing work on the city’s Core Arterial Network (CAN), a Boulder City Council priority initiative that aims to make traveling along the city’s main corridors safer, more comfortable and more connected.
“We’re excited, we’re honored, and we’re ready to get rolling with these funds,” said City of Boulder Director of Transportation and Mobility, Natalie Stiffler, “As we work together toward our Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, we extend our thanks to our local and regional partners for supporting our community’s vision leading up to this major moment in Boulder’s history.”