City Awarded Grants To Increase Highway Safety Improvements

The City of Fresno Department of Public Works has been awarded two grants through the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). A total of 355 applications were submitted to the program statewide. The grant program is administered through the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

The City was awarded $211,780.00 to upgrade the traffic signals with Left-turn Phasing at the intersections of Clinton and West Avenues. This project will provide significant safety improvements for local residents. In the past 3 years there have been 17 vehicle collisions recorded at the intersection and the location is number one on the Priority Ranking Worksheet for Fiscal Year 2007 Left Turn Signals.

In addition, the City was awarded $103, 320.00 to remove the Valley Gutter at the intersection of Cedar and Barstow Avenues. This project will provide safety improvements for local residents as it is a significant portal of entry to the California State University of Fresno (Fresno State) campus and athletic facilities. The dip crossing Barstow Avenue has been a source for numerous vehicle bumps, road scrapes and is known by Fresno State students as the “Dip of Death”. The project will remove the Valley Gutter to allow vehicles to pass through the intersection smoothly.

These grants will provide the additional resources necessary for the Public Works Department to continue to improve the safety of our streets throughout our City.

CONTACT: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Manager (559) 621-7777 Patti Miller, Public Affairs Administrator 621-7795

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