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Whitefish Safe Streets for All Action Plan

The City of Whitefish was recently awarded federal grant funds from the US Department of Transportation’s Safe Streets for All (SS4A) program to complete an Action Plan focused on reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries and improving safety for all roadway users in the Whitefish community. Once complete, the Action Plan will identify the most significant safety concerns facing the community and outline specific projects and strategies to address identified issues. Completion of the Action Plan will involve a detailed analysis of past roadway crashes in the Whitefish area and require close coordination with community leaders, key stakeholders, and the public to develop a comprehensive plan that will help achieve community safety goals and priorities.

Specifically, the Action Plan aims to address the recommendations from the 2022 Whitefish Transportation Plan concerning multimodal system connectivity, user-specific safety needs, transit access, traffic calming, accessibility and visibility improvements, and safety improvements in high-volume corridors such as Highway 93 and Wisconsin Avenue. Particular attention will also be given to addressing safety concerns in school zones, and designated school routes prioritizing biking and walking will be considered.

Interactive Commenting Map

Help us identify the most pressing safety concerns in the Whitefish community! Use our interactive commenting map below to pinpoint specific safety concerns. While you’re there, check out the comments other community members have left.

 If you are having trouble viewing and commenting on the map above, please visit our interactive map here.

Projects News

Stay tuned for updates! The SS4A planning effort recently kicked off. We will post periodic updates here as the plan progresses. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Safe Streets for All (SS4A) discretionary grant program was established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) in 2021. The multi-billion-dollar program was established to fund regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries through planning and implementation efforts.

In 2023, the City of Whitefish was awarded funding to develop a comprehensive safety action plan (referred to as an “Action Plan”) identifying the most significant roadway safety concerns in the community as well as a set of projects and strategies to address identified safety issues. Action Plans are the foundation of the SS4A grant program. Once a community has an approved Action Plan in place, it is eligible to apply for additional funding to implement the plan’s projects and strategies. Eligible activities include infrastructure projects and behavioral and/or operational strategies.

Deaths and serious injuries on our roadways are not acceptable. Creating safe streets for all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and public transportation users, is essential for fostering a healthy and thriving community. This Action Plan represents a significant step towards identifying and rectifying the safety issues impacting Whitefish’s roadways. By prioritizing safety and investing in measures to prevent crashes and injuries, Whitefish can create a more livable and vibrant city for everyone.

The Action Plan seeks to advance equity-centered solutions to address the disproportionate impact of roadway fatalities and serious injuries on disadvantaged communities, including children, older adults, individuals with disabilities, and low-income and minority populations. The planning team will actively collaborate with community partners to identify and implement community-supported education and enforcement strategies. Our goal is to improve roadway safety and promote social equity by ensuring that all residents have equal access to safe transportation options and are protected from harm on our roadways.

The City of Whitefish is the contracting authority for this effort and hired Robert Peccia and Associates (RPA) to help develop the plan. A multidisciplinary group of stakeholders representing various city departments, community leaders, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), and local safety partners will serve as the SS4A Task Force to guide the effort. To ensure that the Action Plan fully reflects the community’s needs and values, stakeholders and community members will be encouraged to participate throughout the planning process.

The public is invited to participate in the planning process through public open house events and ongoing information review and input. This website has been developed to provide updates as the plan progresses and offer an opportunity to submit comments for the planning team to consider. Community members are encouraged to submit comments at any time using the comment form on this page, or the interactive commenting map above. Event dates, times, formats, and locations of engagement opportunities will be announced through the local media, our email list, and this website.

Anyone interested in the project is encouraged to join the email list by filling out the “Stay Informed” form on this page to recieve updates about plan developments. The City of Whitefish, RPA, and the rest of the SS4A Task Force will collect and consider all public comments received to better understand the public view of potential safety issues and concerns within the community.

Contacts

KARIN HILDING, PE

City of Whitefish Project Manager
(406) 863-2450
khilding@cityofwhitefish.org

SARAH NICOLAI, PE, PTP

Consultant Project Manager
406-447-5038
snicolai@rpa-hln.com

Schedule

February 2024

Project Kickoff

February 2024
Spring 2024

Baseline Data Review & Analysis

Spring 2024
Summer 2024

Community Engagement
Field Investigations

Summer 2024
Fall 2024

Project & Strategy Identification
Community Engagement

Fall 2024
Winter 2024/2025

Action Plan Development
Public, Stakeholder, & Comission Review & Approval

Winter 2024/2025

Documents

Project Events

More information to come!

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