Washington communities will receive $9 million to reverse road fatality trend

More than a dozen communities around Washington are receiving federal funding to help reverse the rising trend in road deaths. Washington has the highest annual increase in fatal accidents in the United States

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $9,198,763 to 16 Washington communities as part of the Safe Streets for All program. The program was made possible by transportation investments included in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which promotes projects such as statewide “Vision Zero” plans and other infrastructure works.

“In 2022, Washington state had 745 road deaths, the most in more than 30 years,” Cantwell said. “We must reverse this alarming trend. I created the Safe Streets for All grant program, which will provide 16 Washington cities and counties with this timely federal funding to improve road safety planning and build life-saving infrastructure.”

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The legislature has already received bills to combat the rising death toll, including a measure sponsored by Gov. Inslee to lower the legal alcohol limit from 0.08% BAC to 0.05%.

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Grants were awarded to the following 16 municipalities:

  • Ellensburg: $160,000
  • Lacey: $68,000
  • Montesano: $200,000
  • Topping: $80,000
  • County Grant: $280,000
  • king county: $800,000
  • Kittitas County: $429,504
  • County Thurston: $264,000
  • Walla-Wala County: $201,696
  • Whatcom Government Council: $200,000
  • Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Governing Council: $200,000
  • Organization for regional planning of the island: $403,200
  • Northeast Washington Regional Transportation Planning Organization: $352,000
  • Puget Sound Regional Council: $4,860,363
  • Spokane Regional Transportation Council: $400,000
  • Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council: $300,000

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