8th St SW & Falcon Drive Roundabout

8th Street SE & Falcon Drive SE Roundabout
And Falcon Drive Extension to 1st Street East


Project Updates

Progress
This project is currently in the design phase.

Schedule
Construction is anticipated to begin Spring of 2023.

Traffic Impact
This project will be constructed in phases in order to keep the road open to traffic. Traffic may operate under reduced or narrow lanes.


Project Overview

Description
8th St SE and Falcon Drive Roundabout and Falcon Drive Extension to 1st St E.

Location
The intersection of 8th St SE and Falcon Drive will be reconstructed as a multi-lane roundabout and Falcon Drive will be extended to the north to 1st St E.

Purpose
Southeast Polk Community School District purchased the land to the east of Sam Wise Youth Complex and west of NE 80th St to build new schools. A new middle school is currently under construction on the site. The addition of a multi-lane roundabout at the intersection of 8th St SE and Falcon Drive and the extension of Falcon Drive are driven by the construction of the school. Improvements will also be made to the intersections of 8th St SE with 8th Ave SE and 14th Ave SE, and 8th St SE will be widened between them in two additional projects. These improvements will include a pedestrian tunnel and crosswalk safety improvements to help students get to the new school safely and efficiently.

Timeline
This project is currently in the design phase. Construction of the roundabout and the Falcon Drive extension is slated to begin construction in the 2023 construction season.

 


Expected Traffic Impacts

Road Closures
Traffic will be maintained on 8th St SE with reduced and/or narrow lanes for the majority of the project from 8th Ave SE to Falcon Dr. SE. driveway accesses to the south parking lot of Sam Wise Youth Complex will be affected.

Detour Routes
Detours will be in place to access both Sam Wise Sports Complex parking lots.

Lane Closures
Lane closures are likely to occur at the north end of the Falcon Drive extension where it will connect to 1st St E.

Sidewalk & Trail Closures
The sidewalks along Falcon Drive SE between 8th St SE and 9th St SE will be closed for the duration of the project. The trail along the south side of 8th Street SE within the project limits will also be closed during the project.