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Capital Improvements Project Improves Connection Between San Antonio’s Westside and Downtown

Posted 25 days ago ago by Stacey Norton (Arts)

The City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture and Public Works Department today kicked off the beginning of a capital improvements project to increase accessibility between downtown and San Antonio’s historic Westside. 

The planned improvements enhance the western boundary of the Zona Cultural District, an area that encompasses many historic locations between Main Plaza and North Salado Street. Key features of the project include widened sidewalks with greca pattern paving that uses spiral-like designs inspired by Greek patterning, gathering spaces, bike lanes, and pedestrian lighting. 

A highlight of the project is public art, which includes the painting of underpass columns of the area’s three gateway bridges at Commerce, Buena Vista, and Guadalupe Streets. The color palette, developed by San Antonio-based artist Rubio, honors hues found throughout the Westside at sunrise, sunset and of the Virgin Guadalupe’s tilma or cloak.

Part of the 2017 - 2022 Bond program, the project’s original focus was on the Commerce Street Bridge corridor. Identifying an opportunity for enhancements to the entirety of the Zona Cultural District’s western boundary, District 5 City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales secured additional funding through a budget amendment to expand the project to include Buena Vista and Guadalupe Streets. 

“This is much more than simply a beautification project,” said Councilwoman Gonzales. “This infrastructure investment creates a vital connection between the Westside and downtown, which will benefit the residents who call this area home for generations. With colorful artwork that represents our community and enhanced walk, bike, and rideability of the area, not only will residents have better and safer access to get where they need to go, but visitors will feel a sense of welcome to patron businesses and see some of the city’s most historic and culturally significant sites – all located in the heart of the Westside.” 

With the Councilwoman kicking off the project with a commemorative first brush stroke under the Guadalupe Bridge, construction has begun on the space with warm orange and yellow paint livening up the space. The entire project with all three bridges is set for completion in 2023. 

For more information about the capital improvements project, visit link to For more information about the Department of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Program, visit 

Krystal Jones, Department of Arts & Culture

Darlene Dorsey, Public Works


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Friday, June 18, 2021