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City lands $8 million for street safety improvements

Money from the Virginia Highway Safety Improvement Plan will go towards improvements for high-injury streets

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Main, Cary, and Broad near VCU are on the High Injury Street Network.

Richmond will have $8,859,934 more towards creating safer streets, thanks to funds from the Virginia Highway Safety Improvement Program. The Department of Public Works announced the grant on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The VHSIP money comes from federal grants and requires no matching funds from the city.

DPW says the money will go towards safety improvements on roads that are either on the city’s High Injury Street Network, within a pedestrian safety action plan corridor, or within an underserved community.

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The city will focus on improvements to high-injury streets.

Screenshot via city documents

Here are some of the improvements that could be added to our streets, by the numbers.

  • 772 high visibility signal backplates that could be installed on traffic lights
  • 338 high visibility crosswalks
  • 255 flashing yellow arrow signal heads
  • 200 stop-controlled intersections with new signs and pavement markings
  • 10 intersections with new left turn hardening measures

Each of the improvements would help the city move towards its goal of Vision Zero — a global strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Before work begins, VDOT and the city will form a project agreement and present it to City Council for review and approval. The funding is marked for fiscal year 2025, which begins in July 2024.

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