5th Street improvement project wraps

Kunitan plays at the 5th Street celebration
Kunitan plays at the 5th Street celebration

The finishing touches on a long-awaited project happened Saturday in east Austin.

The Fifth Street Improvement Project goes all the way back to 2006.

That’s when Austin voters approved a bond that included five-million dollars of changes along East Fifth from I-35 to Onion Street.

Some of the changes include new sidewalks, widened streets, and new lighting.

People we spoke with say they’re glad to see the changes.

“I’ve personally seen the area for quite some time and for people to be able to walk through the whole space and feel like it’s actually community focused now is, I think, a big deal,” said director of Hope Farmers Market Jessie Curry.

City officials believe this will help attract developers to the area.

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