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The City of Dearborn today announced that it has successfully secured $24.8 million in federal grant awards through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program.

Funding will be utilized to design and implement enhanced traffic safety measures along Warren Ave. to increase safety for both drivers and pedestrians along one of the city’s main residential and business corridors.      

Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud stated, “Warren Ave. is a cornerstone of our city. For too long, the area has endured serious traffic safety challenges. These dollars will go a long way in helping us reimagine traffic and pedestrian safety along the corridor and in doing so, improving its walkability and access to local businesses.”

The grant was secured by Nicole Hefty, the City’s Philanthropy and Grants Director, with support from Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Dearborn).

Mayor Hammoud added, “I am grateful to our congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib for her tremendous support in helping us secure this impactful grant award. We are fortunate to also have a partner in Wayne County Executive Warren Evans in revitalizing this critical county road.” 

The majority of funds received through the SS4A grant will focus on reducing speeds and mitigating weaving traffic through traffic calming measures. This will strengthen safety for both vehicles and pedestrians while optimizing the traffic flow within the corridor. 

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, stated, “The safety and protection of our residents is critical and I welcome the recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The $24.8 million in funding to the City of Dearborn for pedestrian and motor safety for our families will be transformative. I know too well why this funding is so needed. Last year, my uncle, Adnan Elabed, was tragically killed by a motorist. I am looking forward to working together to keep our families safe.” 

In addition to streamlining the flow of vehicle traffic along the corridor, the project will include the construction of pedestrian walkways and biking paths and the installation of green infrastructure features along the county roadway. 

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans stated, “Wayne County is tremendously grateful to the U.S. Department of Transportation for awarding the City of Dearborn with a $25 million grant through the Safe Streets and Roads for All program. This transformative funding is a testament to Wayne County’s shared commitment with the City of Dearborn to create safer and more accessible roadways for our residents. These funds will empower us to enhance our infrastructure, making our roads safer, more efficient, and better aligned with the needs of our community. We look forward to the positive impact this investment will have on the lives of our residents and the overall prosperity of the City of Dearborn."

Traffic calming solutions will be concurrently implemented with a façade improvement project that is currently underway along Warren Ave. which will result in the formal recognition of corridor businesses as part of a unified business district. The district will also receive branded signage and architectural enhancements. 

Last year, the DOT awarded $800 million in grants through SS4A to over 500 communities, making it one of the Department’s largest competitive programs.