DOT Spreads $800M in FY22 SS4A Grants Widely

On February 1, the Biden Administration announced the distribution of $800 million in road safety grant funding amongst 510 different U.S communities under the first-of-its-kind, “Safe Streets and Roads for All” (SS4A) program established by the bipartisan infrastructure law.

“Every year, crashes cost tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions of dollars to our economy; we face a national emergency on our roadways, and it demands urgent action,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We are proud that these grants will directly support hundreds of communities as they prepare steps that are proven to make roadways safer and save lives.”

(The infrastructure law specifically gave the SS4A program to the Office of the Secretary for implementation and execution, even though this kind of grant is normally handled either by the Federal Highway Administration or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.)

$590 million was given for implementation grants (actually building something) to 37 different communities, in amounts ranging from $2.2 million (Wildomar, CA) to $30 million (Atlanta, Philadelphia). (The mean average grant was $15.9 million and the median grant was $15.0 million, meaning a well-balanced curve.)

The remaining $210 million was split up amongst 473 “action plan grants” that could be as large as $6.3 million (Los Angeles) and as small as $6,263.08 (Mekoryuk, Alaska).

The full list of 37 implementation grants, together with a one- or two-page fact sheet describing the projects to be constructed, can be found here.

The much longer list of 473 action plan grants, by state, can be found here.

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