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SAN ANTONIO (May 21, 2019) – Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales along with Transportation and Capital Improvements Interim Director Razi Hosseini and UTSA President Dr. Taylor Eighmy, celebrated this morning the completion of the first step in the visionary transformation of city’s gateway to the Westside with a ribbon cutting for the Frio Street project.
The project was funded by the 2012 bond and brings together many of Councilwoman Gonzales’ initiatives which will soon spark needed attention, growth and development in the near Westside:
The $4.4 million project is a clear example of a complete-street design which takes all forms of transportation and safety into account - vehicles, pedestrians, public transportation and micro transportation options.
- The design incorporates a HAWK crosswalk which has special beacons that alert drivers with multiple cues to emphasize the potential presence of a pedestrian and allows pedestrians to cross high traffic intersections safely.
- The new Frio street section also has wide sidewalks and micro mobility lanes to accommodate a variety of transportation uses.
- The project is the first step in the transformation of the Westside gateway with work on a 2017 bond-funded Commerce Street bridge project to begin soon.
- The goal of the gateway is to open the Westside to pedestrian traffic and increase the business flow for the entrepreneurs who have been established there for generations.
- The Frio street project connects the UTSA downtown campus with the VIA transit center.
“This is exciting in many ways,” said Councilwoman Gonzales, “not only because of the potential for transforming the Westside, but also because this complete-street design is the kind of design I’ve been talking about for a long time. We should take this example and use it across the city to make our streets safer and more accessible,” she added.