The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that it will provide $16 million to help the City of Fresno bring automobile traffic back to downtown’s Fulton Mall.
The city says the $20 million project will help boost business in the struggling area by removing a nearly fifty-year-old pedestrian mall which occupies what was once Fresno’s main commercial street.
In a press release, DOT officials wrote that the project will:
"...contribute to the reconstruction of the Fulton Mall in downtown Fresno as a complete street, meaning that streets are designed to be used for driving, bicycling, walking or public transportation. The reconstruction would occur over 11 city blocks and would reintroduce vehicle traffic lanes while maintaining bicycle and pedestrian accommodations."
The money is in the form of a grant from the DOT's TIGER program, and is contingent on the city council approving the plan. The council council will likely vote next year on whether or not to pursue opening the mall to traffic.