8th Street Improvements
State Street to Franklin Street
Community-driven infrastructure improvements that support economic and neighborhood vitality.
In 2020, CCDC constructed improvements on 8th Street between Bannock and State Streets, furthering the vision of 8th Street as a dynamic destination within Boise’s downtown core and a key north-south multi-modal corridor. The project improved pedestrian facilities and streetscapes and reconfigured the existing traffic lanes to calm automobile traffic and provide space for the low-stress bike infrastructure. During that previous project on 8th Street, the public emphasized the importance of continuing 8th Street’s bike network connectivity north of State Street. In response to the public’s desire, Boise City Council approved adjusting the Westside URD’s boundaries in late 2020 to include two additional blocks of 8th Street between State and Franklin Streets. The URD expansion allows CCDC to assist with the desired connectivity and infrastructure improvements along North 8th Street.
CCDC is partnering with ACHD to improve bike facilities between State and Union. CCDC will address improvements between State and Franklin, and ACHD will implement improvements between Franklin and Union. The CCDC Project will:
- Provide low-stress bike facilities for north-south travel, including improvements to the crossing of State Street. The design of bike facilities between State and Franklin is intended to be cohesive with the design of bike facilities between Franklin and Union by ACHD.
- Enhance the pedestrian experience and urban environment with improved, ADA-compliant sidewalks and streetscaping along portions of the corridor.
- Optimize the vehicle travel lane configuration for current and future anticipated traffic volumes.
- Preserve on-street parking capacity to the maximum extent possible.
- Enhance transit accessibility
In addition to the primary objectives above, the project will also consider utility improvements throughout the corridor. The project team will work with stakeholders and collect feedback from the public to develop up to three high-quality design concepts which incorporate various streetscapes, on-street parking configurations, travel lane configurations, and bike facility designs.
ACHD Commissioners voted on November 9, 2022, to approve a modified Concept A (See below in Project Resources) for the State to Franklin section of 8th Street. ACHD is still considering other options for Franklin to Union. CCDC will move into Final Design Phase, with construction anticipated to begin in late 2023 or early 2024.
CCDC and ACHD have gathered stakeholder and public input to help guide the selection of a preferred concept and will continue to engage the public through the final design for the corridor.
CCDC Project Manager, Zach Piepmeyer, is overseeing this project.