Anyone walking, biking or driving on Frio Street on the west side of downtown is going to notice a big upgrade over the next nine months.

City officials broke ground on a $5.1 million project that will reconfigure existing travel lanes to accommodate 5-foot bicycle lanes, four-vehicle lanes, and a median that will serve as a center turning lane.

The project will also improve sidewalks, install decorative concrete patterns in the intersections, add pedestrian lighting, install benches, and do traffic signal upgrades and Zona Cultural streetscape amenities to promote pedestrian activity.

“Frio Street is a key roadway for various daily commuters who attend classes at the University of Texas at San Antonio-Downtown,” Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales said. “Multi-modal enhancements will ensure a safer commute not just for drivers, but those who choose to walk and bike as well. I’m proud of this project that was designed keeping in mind the fast-growing community downtown.”

The construction on Frio Street from Cesar Chavez to Houston Street is expected to last nine months. The $5.1 million came from the city's 2012-2017 bond program.