STONECREST, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced today (Oct. 30) that three municipalities in Georgia’s Fourth District are receiving a total of more than $1.6 million to create Comprehensive Safety Action Plans to help pedestrians safely navigate our roadways.
Clarkston is receiving $1 million, Newton County $400,000 and Chamblee $240,000.
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.
“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 Congressman 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.”
“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.”
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program, with $5 billion in appropriated funds over 5 years, 2022-2026. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries.