Frisco City Council members approved a contract worth nearly $5.1 million for construction crews to start work on Elm Street in the Rail District in Frisco’s downtown.

XIT Paving and Construction will transition Elm Street into a more pedestrian-friendly roadway, from 1st Street to South County Road, according to the council agenda. The project will include replacement of existing pavement, additional on-street parking, new streetlights, water and wastewater improvements and a new traffic signal at the intersection with 5th Street.

The project is expected to start construction in September and last for six months.

An additional $315,000 was approved for construction contingencies such as quantity adjustments or field changes, according to the council agenda. The Elm Street project is a capital improvement project and considered to be in accordance with the city’s downtown master plan.

Council members previously discussed the Elm Street project during an Aug. 2 work session.