DENVER (CBS4)– One in four deadly crashes in Colorado involves pedestrians or bicycles, that’s why the Colorado Department of Transportation is launching the Safer Main Streets Initiative. The initiative provides $47 million for projects to improve roadways across the Denver metro area.

The ultimate goal is to cut down on pedestrian and cyclist deaths.

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“When you install a sidewalk, the simple act of putting up a sidewalk and separating the pedestrian from the road can reduce crashes by nearly 90%,” said Nicole Nason with the Federal Highway Administration.

Neighborhoods, cities and counties can submit their project ideas to CDOT.

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Additional Information from CDOT:

The projects submitted for review must be within Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and SW Weld counties- consistent with both CDOT and DRCOG’s Vision Zero efforts.

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LINK: CDOT Safer Main Streets