Dunwoody plans for safer streets

Dunwoody moves forward with a Local Road Safety Action Plan to improve conditions for all users.

Dunwoody, GA – March 29, 2023 – The Dunwoody City Council unanimously approved a contract with Toole Design to help the City develop a Local Road Safety Action Plan, the latest step in the Council’s commitment to improving conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. The process will involve analyzing crash data, gathering public input, and prioritizing strategies with the goal of reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Dunwoody roadways.


“This plan will provide a path forward to improve street safety with a special focus on vulnerable road users like pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Dunwoody City Manager Eric Linton. “Crash data is important, but we’ll also look to the public to learn about their experiences and priorities.”


The Council has earmarked $1.2 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for street safety improvements over the next three years. This includes $166,864 for the Local Road Safety Action Plan contract with Toole, plus funding for safe street construction projects and a new Safe Streets Program Manager.


Jonathan Digioia began work as the new Safe Streets Program Manager for Dunwoody in March. He will collaborate with Toole on the Action Plan, while also looking for quick fixes that support safer streets for all users.


“Just as Dunwoody has adopted plans to guide real estate development and improvements in parks and transportation, this road safety plan will identify the highest risk locations in the City and guide investment in strategies and projects that provide the greatest safety benefit,” said Michael Smith, Dunwoody Public Works Director. “The plan will position the City for future federal funding to implement safety improvements.”


The recently enacted Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the Safe Streets and Roads for All discretionary grant program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over the next five years. Local communities must have an adopted Road Safety Action Plan to be eligible to apply for these funds to implement safety improvements.


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For more information, please contact Jennifer Boettcher, Communications Director, at 470-352-2959 or jennifer.boettcher@dunwoodyga.gov.