8th Street Improvements – State Street to Franklin Street

Background
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 construction improved pedestrian facilities, streetscapes and reconfigured the existing traffic lanes to include much-needed low-stress bike infrastructure like that found farther to the south on 8th Street.

During the design phase of this section of 8th Street, the public emphasized the importance of continuing 8th Street’s multi-modal connectivity north of State Street. In late 2020, Boise City Council approved the adjustment of the Westside URD’s boundaries to include two additional blocks of 8th Street between State and Franklin Streets to assist with extending low-stress bike facilities, further the district’s objectives and meet the future needs of the area. The URD expansion allows CCDC to assist with the desired connectivity and infrastructure improvements along North 8th Street.

Project Description
The project area includes two blocks of the 8th Street right-of-way between State Street and Franklin Street, as well as its intersections. In cooperation with the City of Boise and Ada County Highway District, CCDC intends to:

  • 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 anticipated 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 sidewalk and streetscaping along 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, long-term design concepts, which incorporate various streetscapes, on-street parking configurations, travel lane configurations, and bike facility designs. The project began in summer 2021 and will identify a preferred alternative in late fall or early winter. Construction of improvements is intended to begin fall of 2022.

Public Input
Stakeholder and public input and feedback will be gathered to guide the selection of concept designs for the corridor. Capital City Development and ACHD are working together to make 8th Street safer for everyone and we want to hear from you! Learn more about three concept alternatives by joining us at one of two virtual open houses and provide your feedback through our online survey. Visit 8th Street Improvements to register and learn more.

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Related Information and Documents
Project Fact Sheet

Contact
For questions regarding this project, please contact CCDC Project Manager,
Zach Piepmeyer.