Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced that two DeKalb municipalities in Georgia’s 4th District are receiving more than $1 million in funding to create “Comprehensive Safety Action Plans” to help pedestrians safely navigate local roadways.
According to Johnson’s office, Clarkston will receive $1 million, and Chamblee will receive $240,000.
A news release states that pedestrian deaths are on the rise in Georgia and across the nation as transportation systems have emphasized fast-moving traffic over slower speeds that better protect pedestrians. “Combined with larger cars and trucks and a lack of lighting and sidewalks, it has become a lethal mix for people who walk to get from point A to point B,” the news release states.
The money allocated to Chamblee and Clarkston is earmarked to improve pedestrian mobility and to mitigate accidents and deaths.
“My constituents who walk to connect to nearby transit or to the grocery store, or who are simply getting some much-needed exercise, should not be exposed to speeding drivers or those who are engaging in dangerous driving,” said Johnson. “These grants will go a long way in helping to prevent motorist and pedestrian fatalities, which by the way disproportionately affect lower income and minority communities.”
The funding is from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) – which established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program. The SS4A will provide $5 billion in appropriated funds from 2022-2026. The news release states that the SS4A program funds regional, local, and tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries.
“Ensuring safe streets is not just about mobility; it’s about fostering inclusivity and opportunity for all our residents,” said Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks. “In Clarkston, where many rely on walking and cycling, we’re committed to creating a city where everyone can move freely and safely. This $1 million grant for Comprehensive Safety Action Plans is a significant step towards making our streets a beacon of accessibility and unity for all.”
Another round of SS4A funding is slated to be announced in December.