Burbank will be getting more than $800,000 in federal grant assistance for pedestrian and traffic safety upgrades along the North San Fernando Boulevard corridor, where officials logged 89 collisions over a five-year period, one of them fatal.
The collisions occurred between January 2006 and December 2010 within a roughly half-mile stretch of the corridor that carries more than 20,000 cars daily each way, according to the city's grant application.
About 20% of the accidents involved rear-end collisions and right-of-way incidents, partly because of speeding motorists. A city survey found that 85% of motorists speed as they enter the Golden State (5) Freeway from North San Fernando, the application said.
Burbank received an $808,900 federal grant from the Highway Safety Improvement Program to bring pedestrian and traffic improvements to North San Fernando Boulevard section between Grismer Street and Walnut Avenue, officials said.
The city, meanwhile, will tap its Transportation Development Impact Fund to contribute an additional $90,000 to the project, said Deputy City Planner David Kriske.