DTPW submitted a competitive Safe Streets and Roads for All (SSA4) grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program
, funded by the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This new grant program highlights the USDOT’s commitment to Vision Zero and advancing the Safe System approach – a holistic tactic of reconstructing our roadway network to encourage safe speeds and reduce injury severity in crashes.
The projects included in the grant application help advance our Vision Zero goal while centering equity to serve our most disadvantaged and disinvested communities.
Vision Zero Funding
Vision Zero staff continues to apply for state and federal funding sources to expedite the delivery of Vision Zero projects and program elements. In Sept. 2022, staff submitted a competitive Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A)
grant application to the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). This new grant program highlights USDOT’s commitment to Vision Zero.
Staff also submitted anComplete Streets application for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) County Incentive Grant Program (CIGP). This state grant focuses on funding projects that relieve traffic congestion on State Highway System (SHS) roads. DTPWs proposal focuses on conducting a Complete Streets study on three Vision Zero priority corridors parallel to SHS. These projects will improve traffic congestion in SHS roads by creating safer environments for local travel. Residents would opt for their neighborhood collector streets over the SHS arterials for the smaller trips, which account for 70 percent of household trips.Safety Projects Design are Underway
DTPW’s Project Delivery team is currently designing 23 projects across the county aimed at improving safety and comfort for all users. Projects vary from installing high-visibility crosswalks, buffer bike lanes to construction of traffic circles, roundabouts, curb extensions, pedestrian-actuated crossing signal (aka Rapid Flashing Beacons) and new traffic signals. These projects are funded through 2024 with expected construction starting in Spring 2023.Ongoing Public Engagement
A key priority of DTPW’s Vision Zero Framework Plan is to ensure effective community engagement, particularly in underserved neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County. Vision Zero’s public engagement team has conducted 32 outreach events throughout the County in 2022 for the launch of the Vision Zero Program, with 30% of these events taking place in equity districts as identified in the Plan. Events have included outreach at transit stations, attending community events such as the Children’s Trust Family Expo, back to school events, and community food drives. Residents provided their opinions to project team members in English, Spanish and Creole and all materials have been translated.
Ever committed to deploying innovative techniques to maximize opportunities for public participation, DTPW is using an online engagement tool that allows residents to provide their opinions on Vision Zero Locations by simply dropping pins on maps and leaving comments. Let us know how you really feel
about safety issues on Vision Zero locations in your area!. If you are interested in participating in our program outreach, requesting a presentation be made to your employer and/or organization or, learning more about getting involved in our Vision Zero initiative, email [email protected]