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Infrastructure Investment Bill Provides Funding for Safety Programs

On November 6, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was passed by Congress. The $500 billion bill reauthorizes federal transportation programs for the next five years and provides federal grant funding for crash modernization and vehicle awareness. It also created the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program, providing $1.2 billion each year in grant funding for local implementation of Vision Zero programs. 

In addition, the IIJA has adjusted the highway safety planning process to take place every three years, rather than every year. This will take effect with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) FFY 2024 Highway Safety Plan (HSP). Under this new process, HSPs will detail the use of federal grant funding over a three-year period and annual submissions will be much smaller, focusing on specific grants and projects. 

This bill includes many exciting improvements for road safety in Nevada. We look forward to leveraging these benefits in our effort to reach zero fatalities. To read more about safety-related funding in the bill, please read the Winter 2021 Issue of the Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA) Directions in Highway Safety for a summary.