The City of Spokane adopted a Vision Zero resolution in late 2022 committing to achieving zero traffic deaths and serious injuries on City of Spokane streets while increasing safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all. Similar efforts are founded on a Safe Systems approach that recognizes humans will make mistakes and roadway systems and policies should be designed to protect them.
Principles of a Safe System Approach:
Learn more about the Safe Systems Approach from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
The City of Spokane has prepared Local Roads Safety Plans in prior years to identify locations with high risk factors for collisions. These analyses have formed the basis for several successful Highway Safety Improvement Program Grants over the years. The 2023 version of this plan has been expanded to include elements needed for the Safe Streets 4 All grant program.
Implementation Grants fund projects and strategies that address roadway safety problems contributing to serious and fatal crashes. See below for a map of crashes in the City of Spokane from 2017-2021.
The City of Spokane applied for a federal implementation grant under this program in July 2023. Learn more about this program on the U.S. Department of Transportation website.
The City was awarded $9.6M from this program in December 2023. Planning efforts will begin in 2024, and construction activity will start in late 2025 and run through 2027. The City's grant application is available for review below.