FDOT awarded $37 million to enhance transportation safety

Posted: 24 August 2022 | | No comments yet

The new grants will allow the Florida Department of Transportation to enhance safety across the state by improving transport infrastructure and traveller information systems, with a key focus on vulnerable road users.

FDOT awarded $37 million to enhance transportation safety

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has announced that it has been awarded two grants which support the state’s commitment to enhancing safety and supporting innovative transportation solutions. The grants, awarded in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), bring over $37 million in new funding to Florida. 

The first grant will be provided by the Florida East Coast Corridor Trespassing and Intrusion Mitigation Project, in partnership with Brightline Trains Florida. A total of $25 million in grant funding will be provided to enhance safety along the Florida East Coast Corridor (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Brevard Counties). This investment will benefit this corridor by constructing supplemental safety measures at 328 roadway-railroad grade crossings and installing 33 miles of pedestrian protection features. Planned safety improvements included as part of this grant are rail dynamic envelopes, delineators, raised pavement markers, edge striping, fencing and additional safety signage. 

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As part of the second grant, the Smart St. Augustine Project will provide over $12 million for technology to improve the movement and safety of residents and visitors in the City of St. Augustine. The City of St. Augustine, the nation’s first city, attracts more than six million visitors each year and is also home to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. This project will provide parking and traveller information systems; smart technologies, including smart traffic signals to reduce delay, sensors to detect street flooding, audible crosswalk signals for the deaf, among others; and mobility hubs with information kiosks for parking, bicycles and electric vehicle charging

“Governor DeSantis and the Department are committed to keeping Florida moving by continually seeking investments and opportunities to ensure Florida has a safe and strong transportation system,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. “We are happy to have the opportunity to work with our partners, like Brightline and the City of St. Augustine to address the needs of Florida’s communities.”