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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $8.6 Million for Tribal Transportation Safety Improvements

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $8.6 Million for Tribal Transportation Safety Improvements

Federal Highway Administration
13 November 2013


FHWA 47-13
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Contact: Doug Hecox
Tel: 202-366-0660

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that 183 tribes will receive $8.6 million for 195 projects from the Federal Highway Administration’s Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) to improve transportation safety on tribal lands.  Secretary Foxx made the announcement today at the White House Tribal Nations Conference.

"Residents living in our nation’s tribal communities need and deserve safe roads and bridges and we are committed to ensuring that everyone – regardless of where they live – has access to safe transportation," said Secretary Foxx. "These new funds will help improve the safety of roads in Indian Country for everyone who depends on them and will improve the quality of life for the tribal communities they serve." 

The funds will be used for safety planning, engineering improvements, enforcement and emergency services, and education for tribal communities. This is the first year such funds have been awarded since the program’s creation in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).  FHWA received 240 applications requesting a total of $27.2 million in assistance.

Congress created the program under MAP-21 to improve highway safety on tribal roads and other transportation facilities – statistically, some of the most hazardous in the nation because of poor physical condition.

Examples of the grant recipients include:

"Tribal leaders know the importance of road safety," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "From safety planning to data collection and repair work, these new funds will help them improve safety on tribal roads."

A complete list of the 2013 recipients, and additional detail about the program, can be found online at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/



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