New York Governor Signs 'Complete Streets' Package

Jan. 9, 2023
This legislation will help improve safety and accessibility on roads

Recently, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package so the New York Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) can boost support for municipal “Complete Streets” projects.

A "Complete Street" is a roadway planned and designed to ensure safety, access, and mobility of all roadway users.

New York’s legislation increases the state share of funding for municipalities incorporating Complete Street features. Under the new legislation, the state’s contribution to the non-federally funded portion of complete street projects will increase to 87.5 percent, which will help municipalities to implement these street designs.

“Whether you’re on the sidewalk, in the bike lane or riding the bus, you deserve a high-quality trip that gets you safely to your destination,” Gov. Hochul said in a statement. “Transportation is all about connections: bringing people closer to their jobs, their homes, and the people they love. I’m proud to sign two new laws that will make our streets safer and our communities more connected.”

In March 2022, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sent a report to Congress detailing the agency’s commitment to “advance widespread implementation of the Complete Streets design model” to help improve safety and accessibility for all users.

The report, “Moving to a Complete Streets Design Model: A Report to Congress on Opportunities and Challenges”, identifies what FHWA calls “five overarching opportunity areas” that will guide the agency as it moves ahead with efforts to increase “Complete Streets.”

Many state departments of transportation have already adopted “Complete Streets” programs on their own, as noted in this report compiled by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).


Source: AASHTO