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FHWA Announces $17.5M to Fund 94 Tribal Transportation Projects

The Federal Highway Administration is providing 82 tribes with $17.5 million from its Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund or "TTPSF" for 94 projects on tribal lands.

The funds, announced on July 5, will be used for safety planning, data improvements and engineering for tribal communities. Grant recipients include:

  • The Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota will receive $767,818 to make improvements to six miles of BIA Route 29 improvements aimed at eliminating 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, while improving 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," noted Brandye Hendrickson, FHWA's acting administrator, in a statement. "From police response time to building better sidewalks, roads, guardrails and intersections, these funds will help tribal communities better to protect the public."

Questions regarding this article may be directed to editor@aashtojournal.org.

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