City of Minneapolis awarded $20 million federal grant to improve street safety

December 14, 2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Minneapolis a $20 million Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant to address the highest priority unfunded safety projects on streets in Minneapolis.

The federal grant will be used to deliver safety improvements on high priority projects and actions in the City’s 2023-2025 Minneapolis Vision Zero Action Plan, which outlines priorities for the next three years to advance the City’s goal of ending traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2027.

This significant award of federal funds will allow Minneapolis to implement safety improvements on nearly all high-injury streets (streets with the highest percentage of severe and fatal crashes) that don’t already have a plan for safety-focused investment.

Highlights include:

  • Safety improvements along 25 miles of high-injury streets, including:
    • Safety islands.
    • Protected bikeways.
    • Protected intersections.
    • Crosswalk signing and striping.
    • Pedestrian flashers.
    • Road diets.
    • Street lighting.
    • Mobile-speed wagons to reinforce speed limits.
  • Traffic signal improvements at 526 intersections.
  • Additional safety planning work, such as evaluating the speed limit change and quick-build safety treatments.

“When we invest in our streets, we invest in our neighborhoods and the people and businesses that call them home,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “The City of Minneapolis is thrilled to be a recipient of the 2023 Safe Streets and Roads for All grant – and we know this funding will help us continue to make improvements to the vitality, connectivity, and accessibility of our city streets. This past year I went to D.C. to advocate for this funding – thank you to the Department of Transportation and Secretary Pete Buttigieg for hearing me out and delivering this incredible $20 million investment to Minneapolis.” 

“We know that Native and Black residents are disproportionately impacted by traffic crashes. This grant will help us pay for important safety improvements on our streets that see the highest number of crashes,” said City Council President Andrea Jenkins. “One death on our streets is too many. This investment from the federal government is a huge help in realizing our Vision Zero goals.”

“We are grateful to our federal partners for this significant grant that will allow us to move forward with critical safety improvements on our streets that would have otherwise taken years to accomplish,” said Public Works Director Margaret Anderson Kelliher, soon to be the city operations officer. “Serious traffic crashes and deaths are unacceptable and preventable. This investment will make our streets safer for everyone and accelerate our Vision Zero work.”

Upon full execution of the grant agreement, the City of Minneapolis has five years to spend SS4A grant funds. The City will be working with urgency to install these improvements over the coming years and anticipates planning work to start immediately following the grant agreement, with the majority of improvements in the street occurring between 2026 and 2029.

Learn more about the City’s Vision Zero work.