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File #: 2862-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/17/2022 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 11/14/2022 Final action: 11/16/2022
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Service to apply for a Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Program Implementation Grant from the United States Department of Transportation; to authorize the execution of grant and other requisite agreements with the United States Department of Transportation and other entities providing for the acceptance and administration of said grant award on behalf of the City of Columbus, Department of Public Service; to authorize the expenditure of any awarded funds and the refund of any unused funds. ($0.00)
Explanation
1. BACKGROUND
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for approximately $1 billion in discretionary grant funding for FY 2022 through the new Safe Streets for All (SS4A) grant program. This is the first round of funding for the RAISE grant program. The final NOFO was released on August 1, 2022 and remained open through September 15, 2022.

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 program provides funding to develop the tools to help strengthen a community’s approach to roadway safety and save lives and is designed to meet the needs of diverse local, Tribal, and regional communities that differ dramatically in size, location, and experience administering Federal funding. There are two types of grants: Action Plan Grants (for comprehensive safety action plans) and Implementation Grants.

The City meets the criteria to be eligible to submit a SS4A Implementation Grant application because the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan is a comprehensive safety action plan. As part of its Livingston Avenue Improvements Study, the Department of Public Service is currently working with community members and other stakeholders to understand safety concerns along the corridor and develop a plan to promote safety for all roadway users and reduce vehicle speeds and severe crashes. The Department is requesting $12 million in SS4A funding from USDOT, and it anticipates this will provide approximately 50% of the funding for implementing safety improvements for the Livingston Avenue corridor between 18th Street and Nelson Road.

This legislation will authorize the Director of Public Ser...

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