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City of Houston Awarded Federal Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant for Bissonnet Corridor Project

HOUSTON, TX — The United States Department of Transportation announces the City of Houston will receive $28.79 million in federal funding through the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program for the Bissonnet Corridor Safe Streets Project.

The funding will support a seven-mile rehabilitation of Bissonnet Street from South Dairy Ashford Road to Hillcroft Avenue. The project directly supports the city of Houston’s Vision Zero Action Plan and will address one of the highest priority corridors on Houston’s High Injury Network.

The Bissonnet Corridor currently has high-risk roadway features that create unsafe conditions for commuters. It has a kill or serious injury (KSI) rating of 22 per year and more than 18 per mile, and accounts for the highest number of deadly crashes and the second highest number of serious injury crashes across all city-owned streets.

Houston Public Works will redesign the street with Federal Highway Administration safety countermeasures for people walking, biking, riding transit, or driving. The redesign will feature:

  • Reconfigurations to street lanes
  • Sidewalks
  • Protected bike lanes
  • Dedicated turn lanes, including safety improvements for curbs and turns
  • Roundabouts
  • Enhanced crosswalks, rapid flash beacons, pedestrian refuge islands, and pedestrian hybrid beacons
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“The Bissonnet Corridor travels directly through the underserved communities of Alief-Westwood, Gulfton, and Braeburn, disproportionately impacting people of color and families of low income,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “I thank the United States Department of Transportation for committing to this project and helping us eliminate some of the biggest factors to fatalities and providing transportation equity across Houston.”

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