San Antonio to receive $16 million TxDOT grant for downtown bike lanes

Published on November 21, 2023

City of San Antonio Public Works Department        

SAN ANTONIO (November 21, 2023)  The City of San Antonio was named a recipient of federal funding to build a cycle track downtown along Market Street and Commerce Street. The City was awarded $15,845,676 as part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grant program.

The project will construct nearly one mile of two-way, separated bike lanes through downtown San Antonio from Flores Street to I-37. The route for the new lanes will include Dolorosa Street, Market Street, Alamo Street and Commerce Street. The project will also upgrade traffic signals, signage, and bicycle and pedestrian safety lighting.

“We would like to thank the U.S. Department of Transportation and TxDOT for helping us add world-class bicycle infrastructure along important downtown roadways,” said Public Works Director Razi Hosseini. “At the City of San Antonio, we actively seek federal and state funding to allow us to take on new projects and further benefit residents. From City Hall to the Convention Center, this cycle track will provide a safer experience for all who travel down Market Street and Commerce Street.” 

On October 26, 2023, the Texas Transportation Commission approved funding for 83 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside projects from across the state valued at approximately $345 million. This was the sole grant awarded to the City of San Antonio. 

The funding will cover 100% of the estimated cost of preliminary engineering and construction. Construction is slated to begin in fiscal year 2026. A separate project is planned to continue the cycle track further west on Dolorosa Street and Buena Vista Street from Flores Street to Frio Street, ultimately providing a safe, protected east-west cycle facility across downtown.

“The separated bike lanes and pedestrian improvements this funding provides will align perfectly with our Bike Network Plan and Vision Zero efforts,” said Catherine Hernandez, Interim Director of the City’s Transportation Department. “The cycle tracks, upgraded traffic signals, and lighting will provide a safer, more comfortable ride and commute for our most vulnerable road users in the core of downtown.”