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Posted on: September 29, 2023

Public Input Sought to Improve Transportation Safety


Making local transportation as safe as possible is the goal of the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Safety Action Plan—and the public can help create the best plan for Starkville. 


By taking a brief online survey, residents can help identify transportation projects that will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders.


“We’re seeking input from the experts—people who frequently use public streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, and the Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit system,” said City Engineer Cody Burnett. “Understanding their priorities will help us develop a Safety Action Plan that provides the most benefits in terms of eliminating severe injuries and fatalities related to transportation.”


The survey is available at and should take no more than five minutes to complete.


Starkville’s SS4A Safety Action Plan is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Completing the plan will allow the city to apply for capital construction grant funds through the federal discretionary grant program.  


The SS4A Safety Action Plan will address an array of risk factors related to transportation fatalities and injuries, such as speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving, unsafe road infrastructure, and nonuse of motorcycle helmets, seatbelts and child restraints.


Before Starkville’s plan is finalized, the public will have opportunities to review and make comments both online and during in-person meetings. The city expects to complete the Safety Action plan by next summer.


As the home of Mississippi State University, Starkville is always brimming with activities and excitement, from sporting events, concerts and festivals to vibrant Main Street dining and shopping attractions to the quaint and inviting Cotton District near campus. The city has evolved from one of Mississippi’s most scenic and historically significant locales into a dynamic and modern community that’s routinely named among the best places in America to live, attend college, own a business or retire.

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