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USDOT to Prioritize Road Improvements on Tribal Lands



The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced a $21 million investment in safety improvements for tribal transportation. 70 tribes are expected to benefit from monies provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ( IIJA) for 93 projects intended to improve safety on tribal lands.


“This funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will not only improve safety on Tribal roads for drivers, but it will improve safety and accessibility for other users such as road work crews, pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt. “We’re pleased to help Tribes implement these projects that will help save lives in Tribal communities.”


The funding comes as part of the FHWA Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund. The list of tribes that have qualified for this round of funding includes 16 tribes that will be participating for the first time and will be developing what amounts to their first transportation safety plan.


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