Monday, March 6, 2017

Mesa County’s commitment to improving road safety gets a boost

Grant will aid county to enhance safety improvements that benefit everyone on the road

Mesa County will receive approximately $400,000 in grant funding for three countywide road safety projects from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), a program aimed to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on public roads.

The funds will be designated for countywide guardrail replacement, intersection improvements and safety planning projects that will enhance mobility and safety on roadways, especially high-risk road corridors and intersections where frequent collisions have occurred, particularly ones that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.

“Strengthening vital infrastructure across Mesa County is essential to ensuring the safety of our community,” Mesa County Public Works Director Peter Baier said. “With these projects, we are providing safety improvements to make our community safer for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.”

To qualify for funding, HSIP requires a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety on all public roads with a focus on performance. Project selections were made based on Level of Service of Safety (LOSS) and Binomial Probability (BP) evaluation and then ranked on the project’s Benefit/Cost Ratio (B/C).

“We’re looking forward to using these funds to make Mesa County roads safer for all users,” Baier added.

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