San Antonio District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño and city officials broke ground on Oct. 18 for street improvements in the heart of downtown. Project improvements set to begin on Main Street and Soledad Street will include total reconstruction of the roadway and conversion from one-way to two-way traffic operations. Additional improvements will include bicycle lanes on Main Street, curbs, sidewalks, ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps, left-hand turn lanes on Soledad, and streetscape amenities to promote pedestrian activity.
Local officials say these improvements will complement downtown revitalization that is ongoing, including plans for private redevelopment in the Main/Soledad area, just across from Main Plaza and City Hall.
“Well-designed, collaborative projects like Main and Soledad incorporate the principles of city by design,” Treviño said in a news release. “Converting both streets into two-way traffic lanes and installing bicycle lanes will reduce congestion during peak hours and will provide multiple modes of transportation. This project was designed keeping in mind the fast-growing community downtown.”
Soledad Street from Commerce to Pecan Street currently has alternating lane closures. Construction is expected to last eight months. Construction on Main Street will begin on June 2017 and is scheduled to complete in November 2017. The project is managed by the city’s Transportation and Capital Improvements department. The design was created by Poznecki-Camarillo Inc., and will be constructed by E-Z Bel Construction. The budget for this project is $9.5 million from the city’s 2012-2017 bond program.