Nearly $18 million in grants as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Law will go toward improving road safety in several communities in upstate New York, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Tuesday.

The funding will go toward developing and implementing safety action plans, helping inform improvements along roadways and using “quick-build” strategies to test out safety features, such as separated bicycle lanes or curb extensions.

“From new improved bike and bus lanes to safer intersections and sidewalks, this over $17.9 million investment from our Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs law will help give communities from Rochester to Albany the tools they need to develop plans for safer streets while creating jobs. These federal funds will empower localities to enhance roadway safety, develop comprehensive safety action plans, and implement innovative strategies to protect pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike,” Schumer said in a statement. “These grants will help improve the safety of our roadways, boost the economy and help save lives by driving forward much needed safety features, stopping accidents before they happen, and laying the foundation for safer streets.”

The federal infrastructure law, passed by Congress in 2021, established the SS4A discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over five years for regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries.

“Investing in projects that improve roadway safety is vital to preventing future traffic tragedies in our communities,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “These grants will allow communities across Upstate New York to develop and implement critical safety plans to address roadway safety issues. I am proud to have worked to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to secure this funding and I will keep fighting to make our roadways safer for all.”

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