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Regional Safety Action Plan Progress

Traffic crash data has been analyzed and mapped for a new Regional Safety Action Plan currently under development for DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall, and portions of Limestone and Madison counties.

TARCOG staff along with Alta Planning + Design consultants are planning focus groups in mid- to late March, with in-person engagement tentatively planned for five locations in April to conduct surveys as part of developing the overall plan.

Lee Terry, TARCOG’s director of economic development and planning, said focus groups are being scheduled for this month. They will be virtual hour-long calls for public health, emergency response, and safe routes to schools focus areas.

The next Safety Committee Meeting will be March 27.

The Safety Committee is comprised of technical advisors with a particular focus on roadway safety across the region. Committee members include representatives from local city and county public safety staff, local city and county engineers, local economic development agencies, and local planning departments and agencies.

Lee said the Safety Committee’s goal is to guide the Regional Safety Action Plan development process by providing local, on-the-ground guidance of the safety challenges faced by the region.

“We are excited about the progress we’re making on this plan that will improve safety for the region’s roadway users,” Lee said.

The project is funded by a Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

Lee encourages drivers to participate by completing a survey that will provide input for the safety plan. 

For more information or any questions or information requests about this process please contact TARCOG Economic Development & Planning Staff at 256-830-0818.