Upgrades are coming to a 0.53-mile stretch of East Southwest Parkway between SH 121 and East Corporate Drive in Lewisville.

The $685,000 project cost includes design, and construction will finish with reduced automobile travel lanes, dedicated bike lanes, wider sidewalks, street trees, benches, a bike rack near the park, trash and recycling bins, and pedestrian-scale lighting. The city of Lewisville purchased property in the area to develop a new neighborhood park that will be linked by the new project.

The Denton County Transportation Authority on Oct. 28 approved a funding request of $425,375 through the city of Lewisville’s Transportation Reinvestment Program, which will pair with $259,625 in Community Development Block Grant funding approved by Lewisville City Council on Aug. 2.

In the application, the city of Lewisville said the project will allow greater access to parks and transit for area residents. It will also help fulfill goals of a 10-Minute Walk to a Park study that the city commissioned with the Urban Land Institute, the National Recreation and Park Association, and The Trust for Public Land in 2019.

The area of the project lacks parkland access, according to the application, and has a population of 4,925 with a median age of 28 and median income of $35,376.

“We’re very excited about this opportunity,” said Tim Palermo, DCTA planning and data analytics manager, at the Oct. 28 meeting. “With the park comes linkages to it, better sidewalks, bike lanes [and] more streetscaping.”

Along with the new park, the construction will allow better access for the GoZone on-demand rideshare service. It will also link high-density housing to employment and commerce across I-35 East.

The project is expected to be completed in December 2022, according to DCTA documents.