The International Management District (IMD) will receive about $5.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to upgrade Bissonnet Street between Dairy Ashford and Eldridge for safer use by pedestrians and bicyclists.

IMD was one of two management districts in Houston to receive the funds, and The Goodman Company helped IMD secure the grant.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Lesley Briones has pledged a match of about $1.2 million to provide IMD’s local share. The City of Houston will also serve as a project partner.

The federal funds were distributed based on vehicle collisions with pedestrians from 2017 to 2021 and data about other streetscape hazards.

Improvements will include “islands” where pedestrians, bus riders and others can stand above and adjacent to traffic lines. Traffic beacons and wider sidewalks are also part of the plan.