RTC Southern Nevada receives $1.68 million to create action plan for safer roads

Posted: 14 February 2023 | | No comments yet

The $1.68 million will allow RTC SNV to develop a safety action plan aimed at reducing serious vehicle collisions in high-risk areas and improving roadway safety across Southern Nevada.

RTC Southern Nevada receives $1.68 million to create action plan for safer roads

Credit: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC SNV) has announced that it will receive $1.68 million in federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Safe Streets for All grant programme to develop an action plan to increase safety for all roadway users. 

In partnership with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Clark County and the Cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and Mesquite, RTC SNV will use the grant to develop safety solutions in high-risk collision locations.

With 128 traffic deaths reported in Clark County in 2022, the goal is to reduce serious vehicle collisions by identifying and solving for the most significant safety factors, including speed, roadway width and lighting.

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“The RTC is incredibly grateful for this federal funding that aims to do just what it says – create safe streets for all. I have long supported Complete Streets projects to help address roadway safety, and this funding will help our planners, engineers and community members implement those elements as an action plan to reduce traffic fatalities throughout our valley,” said Clark County Commissioner and RTC Vice Chairman Justin Jones. “We couldn’t do what we do without the continued support of our federal delegation, who work tirelessly to assist the RTC in its efforts to provide safe, equitable transportation for Southern Nevada.”

In addition to collecting and analysing data, researching nationwide best practices and providing technical reviews, RTC SNV and its partners will implement a robust community engagement effort to gather insights from those who walk, bike,  drive and use transit. The action plan is expected to take 18-24 months to complete and will include an in-depth assessment of roadway safety impacts.

“As community connectors, the safety of our residents and visitors is a top priority. From the bus system and traffic signals to bike lanes and sidewalks, transportation is a cornerstone of our community,” said RTC SNV CEO M.J. Maynard. “This is a unique opportunity to work with our local governments, NDOT and key stakeholders to take a fresh look at roadway safety and put a plan into action that focuses on the people we are connecting, no matter the mode they choose.”