San Bernardino, Calif., Awarded $10M to Improve Traffic Safety

The city will use $5.5 million of the federal grant to update 224 intersections to reduce crash rates. Other funds will go to systems that adjust traffic signals to reduce the number of cars crossing on yellow lights.

by Brian Whitehead, San Bernardino County Sun / January 25, 2019

(TNS) — San Bernardino will use $10 million in federal funds to improve vehicular and pedestrian safety at hundreds of intersections.

Work is expected to start in October.

About $5.5 million will be used at 224 existing signalized intersections to outfit them with new signal hardware, pedestrian countdown signal heads, push buttons and/or mountings. The repairs should reduce crash rates and make it easier for motorists and pedestrians to navigate intersections, city officials said.

San Bernardino “must continue to move toward being financially resourceful,” Mayor John Valdivia said in a news release, “and this award is a great example of how we can improve the city’s infrastructure while pursuing opportunities that don’t require a city funding share.”

In addition to upgrading equipment at the aforementioned intersections, the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant also will fund technological improvements at 49 intersections along three high-priority corridors.

Another $4.4 million will be used to install vehicle detection systems that adjust traffic signals to reduce the number of drivers considering whether to run a yellow light on Base Line Street from California Street to Del Rosa Avenue, Highland Avenue from Medical Center Drive to Victoria Avenue and Mt. Vernon Avenue from Highland Avenue to Johnston Street.

According to city officials, 472 accidents occurred at those 49 signalized intersections from 2013 to 2017.

San Bernardino is expected to seek bids for the projects this summer, with tentative completion dates of June 2020.

©2019 the San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, Calif.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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