Riverside has received a $7.8 million federal grant it will use to improve automobile and pedestrian safety.
The money from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program will be used to make traffic signals easier to see, according to a statement on the city’s website.
It will also help pay for a raised barrier median along part of Mission Inn Avenue, and fund upgrades that will make signaled crossings safer by allowing pedestrians to enter before motorists
Two hundred and eighty-two grants are being disbursed in California. Riverside, which is receiving one of the largest of those grants, has agreed to match that with $1.2 million of its own funding.
“Our city continues to take steps to increase safety by bringing state resources to Riverside,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said in the statement. “These improvements will make our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists, while reducing the number and severity of vehicle crashes.”
The state Department of Transportation is administering the program, according to the statement.