Since last November, a stretch of east 5th Street (from I-35 to Onion St.) has been undergoing a major overhaul. Crews are performing a full depth street reconstruction, which includes upgrades to the water, wastewater, and storm sewer infrastructure. In addition to a fresh coat of asphalt over the upgraded utility work, the stretch of 5th street will also have new curb, gutter, sidewalk, landscaping, and irrigation.
Similar to the other street reconstruction projects the city is undertaking as part of the Great Streets Development Program, this area will soon have wide, walkable sidewalks with room for outdoor cafes, bike racks, and other public uses. This could spur more redevelopment in this increasingly popular area of downtown. In the background of the photo above, you can see the Corazon project under construction, an example of a project that will certainly benefit from this 5th street reconstruction.
The project is being constructed in phases, and is currently on track to complete in April of 2014.