The city of Vancouver will receive nearly $5.7 million for improvements on Fourth Plain Boulevard as part of the Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced Saturday.
Cantwell — the chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation — said Vancouver will receive $5,696,000 of the $38.3 million allocated for transportation projects across the state.
“Fatalities on our roadways are preventable,” Cantwell said in a release. “In the state of Washington, traffic fatalities climbed by nearly 40 percent between 2019 and 2022, and we’ve seen a continued increase in 2023. Money from the Safe Streets and Roads for All program will help improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike in over 23 communities across the state.”
According to the city of Vancouver, the Fourth Plain corridor is the most unsafe corridor in the city, with more than 300 crashes between 2018 and 2020.
The proposed safety improvements funded by the program will include enhanced pedestrian crossings using hybrid beacons and refuge islands, sidewalk infill and extensions, intersection design and one Complete Street treatment, which enables safe use of support mobility for all users.