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Jersey Village Takes a Bold Step Towards Safer Streets with Upcoming SS4A Grant Application

In a move that underscores the city’s commitment to enhancing public safety and building a more connected community, the Jersey Village City Council authorized the submission of a grant application during the March Council Meeting. This grant, aimed at funding the development of an Action Plan under the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program, signals the proactive safety and infrastructure planning in our community.


Understanding the SS4A Program

Sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation, the SS4A program seeks to support communities like ours in their efforts to reduce roadway fatalities and serious injuries. The heart of this initiative is the creation of a comprehensive Action Plan that outlines a strategy for achieving these critical safety goals.


The Eight Pillars of a Successful Action Plan

A robust Action Plan, as envisioned under the SS4A guidelines, encompasses eight key components that range from leadership commitment to progress and transparency. These components ensure that the plan is not only well-rounded but also actionable and inclusive. Key among these is the safety analysis – an extensive review of current conditions, historical trends, and the geospatial identification of high-risk locations. This analysis will serve as the foundation for informed, data-driven decision-making.


What the Action Plan Promises

The ultimate deliverable of this extensive planning and analysis is a set of prioritized projects and strategies that address identified safety concerns. Emphasizing a Safe System Approach, these interventions will span infrastructure improvements, behavioral changes, and operational adjustments, all designed to significantly enhance roadway safety for all users – motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders alike.


Future Horizons: Sidewalk Systems and More

With the Action Plan as a guiding document, Jersey Village could unlock additional grant funding opportunities for implementing its recommendations. Potential future projects include completing the city’s sidewalk system, enhancing roadway infrastructure, and expanding trail connections. Such developments promise not only to boost safety but also to improve the quality of life and connectivity within our community.


Financials and Next Steps

The study underpinning the Action Plan is estimated to cost $100,000, with a $25,000 cost share from the city, potentially funded through the traffic safety fund upon grant approval. This investment reflects the city's dedication to leveraging every resource available to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.


A Call to Engagement

As Jersey Village embarks on this vital journey towards safer streets and roads for all, community involvement and support will be more important than ever. We invite every resident to stay informed, engaged, and active in the discussions and decisions that will shape the future of our streetscape.


The grant application for this project is just the beginning. By working together—city officials, residents, and stakeholders—we can forge a path to a safer, more connected Jersey Village. Keep an eye on our city’s updates and learn how you can contribute to this initiative.


Your Safety, Our Priority

The City of Jersey Village remains steadfast in its mission to create a safe, accessible, and enjoyable environment for all its residents and visitors. Through initiatives like the SS4A grant application and the forthcoming Action Plan, we reaffirm our commitment to public safety and continuous improvement of our city’s infrastructure.