Construction on a one-mile stretch of Irving Boulevard designed to reenergize the city’s downtown will begin in November.
The project — which has been in the works for several years — will include the addition of bicycle lanes, access to public transit and expanded sidewalks between Sowers Road and Strickland Plaza, according to the city.
City officials have touted the project as a transformation of downtown that will draw residents, visitors and businesses to the long-neglected area.
Several enhancements are already finished or underway, including development of Main Street Plaza, lighting upgrades at Millennium Fountain and a redesign of Heritage Park, which is scheduled for completion in December.
Irving City Council awarded a $22.2 million contract for Irving Boulevard construction in July. Work is scheduled to begin Nov. 15 and will run through 2023.
Once complete, it will include four Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus stops, additional parallel parking spots, architectural enhancements at intersections, new benches, canopy trees and street lamps with LED lighting. Improvements to drainage, water and wastewater systems are also included.