City begins improvements to stretch of Frio Street near UTSA downtown campus

$5 million project expected to be complete by year's end

SAN ANTONIO – Several blocks of Frio Street will be a little hard to navigate over the coming months as the city makes improvements they say will increase safety.

The improvements will run along Frio Street from Cesar Chavez to Houston streets near the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus.

The $5 million project will add bike lanes, wider sidewalks, a safer crosswalk for students and other traffic signal improvements.

Because the area is designated a cultural zone, there will also be additional streetscaping to promote foot traffic.

"The improvements that we're doing are a little higher level,” David McBeth, project manager for the city’s Transportation and Capital Improvements Department, said. “We'll have lots of nice sidewalks and paving. The landscaping will be a little more enhanced, and some special lighting."

The project should be completed by the end of the year.