On Wednesday, Mayor Tishaura Jones signed the St. Louis Safer Street bill (BB120), utilizing $40 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the purpose of calming and redesigning city streets.
“The message is the same: no matter the color of your skin, or your zip code, or what side of Delmar you live on, traffic violence and reckless driving is an issue that touches our entire city, and it’s getting worse,” Jones said.
The Safer Streets bill would move St. Louis away from its old-fashioned ward-by-ward traffic safety approach toward a citywide master plan.
- Implementing already completed traffic studies that have previously lacked funding;
- Making improvements in ten dangerous, high-crash intersections;
- Improving main thoroughfares already set for repaving (Goodfellow, Union, Jefferson, Kingshighway, and Grand).
According to Board of Public Service President Rich Bradley, once the studies are completed, they’ll go to a design phase, then the projects will be bid out. Construction would begin on any approved projects in 2024.
This investment comes after two recent horrific crashes.
Seventeen-year-old Janae Edmondson of Nashville, Tennessee, is facing a long road to recovery after a speeding driver failed to yield and crashed into another car. That second vehicle struck the teenager, who was in town with her family for a volleyball tournament.
This happened on Feb. 18 at the intersection of St. Charles and North 11th streets. Edmondson lost both of her legs as a result.