Funds will support projects to improve intersections, crosswalks, bus and bike lanes and more

BOULDER, Colo. – The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the City with a monumental $23 million Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant. Funds will support implementing the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan to eliminate severe crashes in Boulder. Projects will be in design over 2024-2025 with implementation and construction phases occurring between 2026-2028.

City staff will implement the funds using a safe systems approach — striving to create a transportation system that prevents crashes and reduces the harm caused to people if crashes do occur. All proposed projects will target four of the seven most common crash types on the city’s High Risk Network with proven, low-cost, high-impact countermeasures throughout Boulder. The High Risk Network, developed as part of the 2023-2027 Vision Zero Action Plan, represents just 7% of city streets but accounts for 48% of serious- and fatal-injury crashes in the city. Additionally, many of the proposed projects support ongoing work on the city's Core Arterial Network (CAN), a Boulder City Council priority initiative that aims to make traveling along the city’s main corridors safer, more comfortable and more connected.

“We’re excited, we’re honored, and we’re ready to get rolling with these funds,” said City of Boulder Director of Transportation and Mobility, Natalie Stiffler, “As we work together toward our Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, we extend our thanks to our local and regional partners for supporting our community’s vision leading up to this major moment in Boulder’s history.”

“We are thrilled to have been selected as grant recipients, and we truly appreciate the support USDOT has provided to the City of Boulder and the hard work of Congressman Joe Neguse and U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper to make this happen. We are eager to make the most of this opportunity to make our streets safer for all and contribute to the positive impact that USDOT is achieving with this historic investment through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” said the City of Boulder Mayor, Aaron Brockett.

Learn more about Safe Streets for All, Vision Zero and the city’s transportation goals.