1. What is involved in this reconstruction project?
8th Street will be reconstructed from building front to building front between Hennepin Avenue and Chicago Avenue. This will include the removal and replacement of pavement, curb, sidewalk, driveway entrances, traffic signals, street lights, stormwater drainage systems, and other utilities. There will be widened sidewalks, enhanced transit service/amenities, improved crosswalks, and streetscape/landscaping improvements.
2. Why is this project being done?
The 8th Street Reconstruction Project is being done to:
Replace pavement and sidewalks that are in very poor condition
Improve pedestrian safety and pedestrian amenities, including lighting, landscaping, enhanced crosswalks, and other improvements
Improve transit operations and facilities by implementing Rapid Bus Transit, in cooperation with Metro Transit. Refer to Metro Transit's Rapid Bus website for more information.
3. Will 8th Street be converted to two-way traffic?
8th Street will be rebuilt as it is today - an eastbound, one-way roadway with three travel lanes. 8th Street will NOT be converted to a two-way roadway.
4. How will sidewalks and curbside uses change?
Two of the primary goals of the project are to improve safety for pedestrians and to provide enhanced transit service and transit stop amenities. In order to achieve these goals, there will be some changes to curbside uses including the removal of on-street parking on the south side and changing parking on the north side to off-peak parking only. In addition, some parking spaces at intersections will be lost due to the addition of bumpouts and new transit stop amenities.
5. Will there be a reduction of on-street parking?
On-street parking will be eliminated in some locations to accommodate pedestrian crossing enhancements (bumpouts), and along the south side of 8th Street to accommodate Rapid Bus Services. Parking will be allowed along the north side of 8th Street during off-peak periods. In total 5 parking spaces, out of 85 spaces available today will be removed.
6. What pedestrian improvements will be provided?
A primary goal of this project is to improve pedestrian safety and pedestrian amenities. The project will include pedestrian improvements such as wider sidewalks, bumpouts, updated pedestrian ramps at intersections, pedestrian level lighting, and benches. The increased sidewalk widths will also allow for planting beds and trees in some locations, to provide shade and create separation from traffic.
7. Why are bumpouts (curb extensions) being considered along 8th Street and the cross streets?
The installation of bumpouts at certain intersections decreases crossing distances for pedestrians and can improve visibility of pedestrians for drivers. They also provide additional space for transit shelters and added opportunities for landscaping or streetscaping.
8. Will there be bike lanes on 8th Street?
The project does not include bike lanes or other bicycle facilities along 8th Street besides bicycle parking. Eighth Street is not identified as a future bicycle route in the city's Bicycle Master Plan. Eighth Street has been identified as a transit priority corridor with the objective of providing wider sidewalks, enhanced transit shelters and wider transit station waiting zones. Parallel bicycle routes currently exist on 9th Street and 6th Street. Both 9th Street and 10th Street have been identified as future protected bicycle facilities.
9. Will there be streetscape/landscape improvements in the corridor?
The project will include some streetscape improvements and landscaping along the corridor. Streetscape/landscape improvements include trees, open bed plantings, alternating vehicle and pedestrian lighting fixtures, benches, and scoring or textured sidewalks.
10. How will this project impact bus service on 8th Street?
Three of the five existing bus stops in the corridor will be upgraded to allow for Metro Transit's Rapid Bus service. The least more about Rapid Bus service, refer to Metro Transit's Rapid Bus website.
All Metro Transit buses have been moved to 6th Street. For the most current information on bus route detours, sign up for project updates at the on the home page. Once reconstruction on 8th Street is complete, local bus services will return to 8th Street, along with the new Rapid Bus service.
11. When will construction begin?
Construction began in fall 2018 and is anticipated to conclude by fall 2020.
12. How is the roadway reconstruction work being paid for? Are there property assessments associated with this project?
The project is being paid for by various sources. The project has been awarded a federal surface transportation grand which will cover nearly half of the project cost. The remaining funds are being covered through a combination of city funds (municipal state aid and general obligation bond funding), city utility revenue and property assessments.
A uniform property tax assessment is applied for all street reconstruction projects in the city. The assessment is calculated based on square footage of the property owner within an "influence area."
13. Where can I get 8th Street Reconstruction Project updates?
For more information, sign up for project updates on the home page.
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