The US Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration announced the City of Jamestown was awarded a Safe Streets and Roads for All Action Plan Grant (SS4A), totaling $248,685.44. These grant funds will go towards crafting a Comprehensive Road Safety Plan, and include engineering and design work. This plan will help form the blueprint to projects increasing pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver safety, with a focus on improving safe routes to school. The City intends to apply for a multi-million dollar implementation grant during the next round of SS4A funding to carry out the plan.
The SS4A funds were apart of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed in late 2021, and the City of Jamestown City Council recently passed a Vision Zero resolution, making it Jamestown’s goal to eliminate roadway deaths and serious injuries.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist released the following statement on the grant award: “I am thrilled that the City of Jamestown was one of only 500 communities nationwide selected to receive Safe Streets funding in the initial round of awards. Every roadway death is a tragedy and reorienting our policy to view these as preventable has been apart of my mission to improve safety and quality of life of residents in all aspects. Being awarded this grant is only the first step in this process, and will allow us to find the most effective ways to save lives and make Jamestown a better place to live for all.”