8th St SW Reconstruction

8th Street SW Reconstruction
Phases 1 & 2


Project Updates

Update Date: 07/18/2024

Phase two is currently underway and will be completed in 5 stages. The project is currently in Stage 1. During this stage, the medians from Scenic View Blvd SW to the railroad underpass east of 17th Ave SW will be removed and paved flat for use as traffic lanes in future stages.

Current Work

- Grading, subgrade preparation, and subbase rock installation from 17th Ave SW to the railroad underpass.
- Small storm sewer and water main improvements throughout the project corridor that will not have a substantial impact to traffic.

Upcoming Work
- Traffic control shift to Stage 2.

Completed Work
- Median storm sewer work east of 17th Ave SW.
- Pavement removal from 17th Ave SW to the railroad underpass.
- Paving of the median from Scenic View Blvd to 17th Ave SW.
- Pavement removal, subgrade preparation, and subbase rock installation from Scenic View Blvd to 17th Ave SW.
- Traffic control set-up for Stage 1 work.
- Saw-cutting and removal of the existing median pavement.

Schedule
This is a multi-stage project that will be ongoing through late fall 2024.

Traffic Impact
Stage 1 will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction in the outside lanes of 8th St SW from Scenic View Boulevard to the Altoona Campus driveway off of 8th St SW. During this stage, the medians will be removed and paved flat for use as traffic lanes in future stages.
Stage 1

Stage 2 will be shifted into the existing westbound lanes, in a head-to-head condition. This means that one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, with left turn lanes at each major intersection using the new median pavement from stage 1. During this stage, the eastbound lanes will be removed and replaced, including some storm sewer work.
Stage 2


Project Overview

Description
Eastbound 8th St SW will be reconstructed from US 65 to Venbury Drive in three phases. 

Location
Phase 1 includes 8th St SW from US 65 to 28th Ave SW and 34th Ave SW from 8th St SW to the ALDI driveway.
Phase 2 will be 8th St SW from 28th Ave SW to the railroad underpass.
Phase 3 will be from the railroad underpass to Venbury Drive.

Purpose
The eastbound pavement of 8th St SW from US 65 to Venbury Dr. has been deteriorating at a rapid rate and needs to be replaced. To accomplish this, the City has chosen to break this two-mile section into at least two phases.

  • Phase one construction started in the spring of 2020 and is still under construction. This phase includes the reconstruction of 8th St SW from US 65 to 28th Ave SW and the widening of 34th Ave SW from 8th St SW to the ALDI driveway. This phase also includes improvements to storm sewers and sidewalks along the corridor.
  • Subsequent phases will reconstruct the eastbound lanes of 8th St SW from 28th Ave SW to Venbury Drive.

Timeline
Phase 1 is substantially complete.
Phase 2 is in construction.
Phase 3 is in the preliminary planning phase.

Budget
Phase 1: $4.4 million
Phase 2: $4.2 million


Expected Traffic Impacts

Road Closures
Closures for phase 1 have included the eastbound lanes of 8th St from US 65 to 28th Ave SW in segments.
Phase 2 will close the eastbound lanes of 8th Street SW in segments from 28th Ave SW to the railroad underpass located east of 17th Ave SW. Traffic will be maintained in a head-to-head condition in the existing westbound lanes for the duration of the project. Some accesses will be right-in/right-out only during construction, and some will be closed while the project progresses past them. Access to Scenic View Blvd SW will be maintained, but this may be at a reduced width at times.

Detour Routes
No detour route was required for phase 1 as eastbound traffic utilized the westbound lanes under a head-to-head condition during the closure. The same is expected for phase 2. Access to neighborhoods may be detoured for portions of the project.

Lane Closures
Periodic lane closures expected.

Sidewalk & Trail Closures
All sidewalks and trails within the project area will be closed during construction.