FHWA Announces $21 Million for Tribal Transportation Safety Improvements

Feb. 3, 2023
Traffic crashes occur more frequently in Tribal and rural communities, and addressing that is one of the safety goals of the U.S. Department of Transportation

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced yesterday that 70 tribes are set to receive roughly $21 million in funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for 93 projects that will improve safety on tribal lands.

“This funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will not only improve safety on Tribal roads for drivers, but it will improve safety and accessibility for other users such as road work crews, pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt. “We’re pleased to help Tribes implement these projects that will help save lives in Tribal communities.”

The funding is part of the FHWA's Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund. This list includes 16 tribes that have not previously participated in the program. The funding will help them develop their first transportation safety plan.

Some of the winners include:

  • The Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona: $792,440 is going to two projects in La Paz County to implement roadway departure countermeasures and pedestrian safety
  • The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians in Minnesota: $300,000 is going to pedestrian safety and walkability improvements for the Red Lake Nation Hospital Compound in Red Lake
  • The Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes in Montana: $600,000 is going to roadway infrastructure improvements along Route 1

For a full list of winners, click here.

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Source: USDOT