City Council Passes $4.4M Grant Agreement for Zarzamora Street

Published on March 07, 2024


City of San Antonio Transportation Department  

Federal grant will address safety issues on one of San Antonio’s most dangerous roads on the underserved historic Westside.

SAN ANTONIO (March 7, 2024) — City Council today authorized the execution of the Safe Streets & Roads 4 All (SS4A) grant with the U.S. Department of Transportation. As a grant recipient, the City will receive $4.4 million over the next five years to implement crucial safety measures on Zarzamora Street.

“The SS4A grant helps San Antonio meet the challenges of its growing population and creates safeguards for some of our most vulnerable residents as they walk, bike, or drive to their destinations along Zarzamora Street,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. 

The funding will be administered through the City’s Vision Zero SA program, which is also kicking in an additional $1.1 million in City General Funds appropriated for Vision Zero projects. 

The mid-block crossings will include the installation of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons when warranted along the twelve-mile stretch of Zarzamora Street.

Zarzamora is one of 10 streets identified by the Vision Zero SA program as especially dangerous for pedestrian and bicyclists. Part of the grant funding will be used to promote education and safety campaigns along these city streets which are prone to significant traffic injuries and deaths.  

“Our goal is zero fatalities and serious injuries on San Antonio streets,” Transportation Department Director Catherine Hernandez said. “This grant gets us steps closer to achieving that goal of protecting pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.”

By adding mid-block crossings, Zarzamora’s residents can expect a 56-percent reduction in pedestrian crashes, according to Federal Highway Administration research.