Local Roads Safety Plan
The MPO Board approved the Local Roads Safety Plan at their meeting on May 14, 2021. The Plan was developed in a collaborative process involving input from a broad range of stakeholders including the MPO’s advisory committees, FDOT’s Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), local law enforcement agencies, FDOT, and other state and federal planning partners. The purpose is to prioritize opportunities to improve roadway safety on locally owned and maintained roadways in support of FDOT’s Vision Zero goal of achieving zero fatalities and serious injuries Statewide. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) 2016 SHSP is a critical point of reference for the LRSP.
View the plan at this link: LRSP FINAL APPROVED 5-14-2021
The Local Roads Safety Plan (LRSP) identifies transportation safety issues and provides a framework for reducing fatalities and serious injuries on highways and local public roads. The framework was developed through:
- Data analysis (2014-2018)
- Public outreach
- Collaboration and coalition building
- Development and adoption of recommendations
Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Action Plan
The SS4A competitive grant program was created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The purpose of SS4A grants is to improve roadway safety by significantly reducing or eliminating roadway fatalities and serious injuries through Safety Action Plan development and implementation focused on all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, motorists, personal conveyance and micromobility users, and commercial vehicle operators. The SS4A program is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The SS4A program provides funding for two types of grants: Action Plan Grants and Implementation Grants. Action Plan Grants are used to develop a comprehensive Safety Action Plan. To apply for an Implementation Grant, an eligible applicant must have a qualifying Action Plan. Implementation Grants are available to implement strategies or projects that are consistent with an existing Action Plan. In September 2022, the MPO submitted an application to develop a comprehensive Safety Action Plan for $200,000 in federal funds with an additional $50,000 in local funds provided as a match. The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) committed $40,000 towards the match and the MPO contributed $10,000.
The Safety Action Plan will update and expand upon the Local Roads Safety Plan adopted in 2021 and set the stage for local governments to apply for Implementation Grants. As of mid-October 2023, the BCC and MPO have executed a Local Match Agreement and the MPO has received the final, fully executed Grant Agreement from the USDOT. The MPO is in the process of hiring a consultant to develop the Safety Action Plan under the MPO’s General Planning Contract. Work is anticipated to begin early in 2024.
Contact Sean Kingston, AICP, CFM, PMP, for more information at 239-252-5859 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org