LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster has been awarded approximately $6.1 million in grants from Caltrans to fund six road safety improvement projects, officials announced Friday.
The grants will be used as part of the Lancaster Safer Streets Action Plan, which addresses traffic safety concerns by applying engineering countermeasures proven to decrease the risk of collisions on city roadways.
“The city of Lancaster is pleased to accept these grants from Caltrans as they will further our commitment to provide safer streets for all drivers and pedestrians alike,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “We are confident these upgrades and improvements will help pave the way for smoother transportation in Lancaster and ultimately save lives.”
Caltrans awarded grants to Lancaster for the following projects:
- Systemic Signalized Safety Upgrades: $2,908,000 to improve vehicle detection technology at 28 signalized intersections to include advanced dilemma-zone detection, bike recognition, and detection as well as upgrades for existing signal equipment.
- Systemic Commercial Driveway Access Modifications: $305,500 to create directional median openings to restrict potentially unsafe left-turns and U-turns at seven commercial driveways that have a history of accident or conflict.
- 2-Way Stop Roundabout Conversion: $2,129,200 to install low-cost, quick build roundabouts at five intersections in Lancaster.
- High-Visibility Crosswalk Standardization Project: $250,000 to upgrade existing crosswalks to high-visibility, continental-style crosswalks at 53 intersections to better indicate preferred crossing locations.
- Edgeline Refresh Project: $250,000 to rehabilitate and restore edgelines with thermoplastic material, which is ideal for roads that suffer from extreme sun, rain, or ice and improves visibility, on 48 miles of roadway.
- Guardrail Improvement Project: $226,900 to replace more than 1,000 feet of damaged guardrail at four locations in the Lancaster.
All projects are scheduled to be completed by or before by March 2026, according to city officials.
For more information on how the city of Lancaster is improving its roadways, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org/saferstreets.
[Information via news release from the city of Lancaster,]