City Manager's Report:  Lakeport Safety Projects Awarded Federal Funds

Lakeport Safety Projects Awarded Federal Funds
Caltrans recently announced the City of Lakeport was awarded approximately $260,000 of federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds. The grant award is part of a $227 million federal grant package awarded to California for important safety projects designed to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on city and county roads.

The grant funding is significant and will allow the City to implement a street sign replacement program and replace 547 signs including warning, regulatory, guide and city-specific signs. Many of the local street signs are aged and no longer meet the requirements for reflectivity and other state and federal standards.

According to a recent Caltrans media release, the City of Lakeport is the only community in Lake and Mendocino counties to receive a portion of this federal funding. Other city and county road projects approved in Caltrans District 1 include projects in Eureka, McKinleyville and Trinidad, all in Humboldt County.

“In addition to the upgrades Caltrans is making along state highways, I’m pleased that our district was able to identify and provide funding for local projects to bring safety improvements for communities in Humboldt and Lake counties,” stated Matt Brady, Caltrans District 1 director.

The Caltrans media release also noted that according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System nearly 64 percent of traffic deaths in California occur on city or county roads, underscoring the significance of funding for local safety improvements.

The City of Lakeport is grateful for the valuable assistance from the Lake Area Planning Council (Lake APC) in preparing the grant fund request and to Caltrans for awarding the funding that will enhance public safety in our community.

For more information about these projects, contact Doug Grider, Public Works Director, by phone, (707) 263-3578 Ext 401, or