Work started last month and should be completed before the semester starts in mid August.
Once complete the street will have wider sidewalks and five-foot concrete bike lanes with narrow travel lanes.
Tom Thivener, the city’s bike and pedestrian program manager, said the bike lanes weren’t entirely needed but will help slow traffic down by narrowing the street.
“It is not that we needed bike lanes on the street, but it will kind of visually narrow [the road] by using a different material,” he said.
Thivener said the street has a lot of potential for creating a connection for cyclists heading toward campus from the south if funds were made available to create a bike and pedestrian signal or a refuge in the middle of Sixth Street to help people get across.
“With the density and number of people people that we have coming to the UA, we need more connections,” he said.
He said currently there aren’t a lot of great options to get across Sixth Street, Highland and Cherry Avenues are two of them.
The project is a collaboration between the City of Tucson which is managing the construction and the University of Arizona.
which is supplying the $500,000 in matching funds needed for the Federal Transportation Grant, which is supplying another $500,000. The $500,000 for the project are Federal Stimulus funds. (See Thivener’s comment below.)