8th and 9th Street Improvement Project

POP-UP EVENT!

One-Way Demo, Saturday, October 1st, 2022

The City of Arcata Engineering Department, in collaboration with CSW/ST2 Engineering consultants is preparing a one-way traffic demo, pop-up event on 8th Street between K Street and J Street from 10 – 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1st.

The pop-up event will feature a demonstration of a complete streets design alternative for the proposed one-way streetscape.  Complete streets designs strive to provide a balance of facilities for all modes of transportation; vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian.  

Come check it out and give us feedback on the design!

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Project Summary

Arcata has commenced a formal planning effort, building upon the momentum of the Plaza Improvement Task Force’s 2020 recommendation to enhance access for all users along 8th and 9th Streets, between K and I Streets. The 8th and 9th Street Improvement Project general goals include:

  • Facilitate public involvement in the planning process
  • Improve access to the Plaza and connectivity to Cal Poly Humboldt, Creamery District and Northtown
  • Increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety
  • Minimize expense to the City's General Fund
  • Beautify the corridor

Consistent with the Task Force recommendations, the project proposes to convert 8th and 9th Streets into one-way operation similar to the adjacent street operations near the Plaza.  The proposed project will result in one-way travel on 9th Street, in the westbound direction, from F to K Street and 8th Street will run in the eastbound direction from K to F Street.  By removing one travel lane, on 8th and 9th Streets, between K and I Streets, a width of about 12 feet is freed for other uses in the public right-of-way. 

8th and 9th - concept

Project Activities

On May 17th, 2022, City of Arcata Engineering Department staff, in collaboration with CSW/ST2 Engineering consultants, introduced the project to the Arcata Transportation Safety Committee.

In late June, staff and our Block Ambassadors, a stakeholder group of community members, completed a field walk along the corridor to better understand conditions and discuss opportunities.  The walk included community representatives from the Humboldt Bay Bicycle Commuters Association, Arcata Main Street, the Co-op, Cal Poly Humboldt Sustainability Department, a historic homeowner residing in the project area, and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities. During the walk, it became clear to the group that reinforcing the connection between the Plaza and the Creamery District is critical to connect the community and support economic vitality. By providing better walking and biking options in the area, the group felt that this could also help reduce vehicle congestion, increase safety, and ease parking challenges.

Staff and the Block Ambassadors meet again mid-September to review and discussed proposed one-way streetscape design studies. The studies were developed based on the Block Ambassador's comments and the general project goals outlined by the 2020 Plaza Improvement Task Force Report.   

 Arcata Engineering Department staff with CSW/ST2 Engineering Consultants, presented a project update with preliminary design studies, to the Arcata Transportation Safety Committee, at the September 20th, 2022 meeting. 

One-Way Travel Streetscape Design Studies

We are currently working on design options of how best to redistribute the available public property within the street to support motor vehicles, parking, delivery, pedestrians, and bicyclists using the corridor.   The City currently has about $850,000 in funding to develop the project. Below we are presenting four preliminary design studies for both 8th Street and 9th Street, each with a different focus.  Please take our survey and to give feedback on the streetscape studies.

8th Street Design Studies

The following studies represent design alternatives for one-way travel on 8th Street between K and I Streets. An icon representation, on a scale of one to four, also accompanies each design study, showing relative: 

  • costcost 
  • bikebicycle
  • pedestrian ped
  • andcarvehicle enhancements

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Study 1A. 8th Street

1A. This study is a streetscape mainly focused on enhancing bicycle and some pedestrian facilities.  8th 1AStreet view 8th 1A 1a parking


Study 2A. 8th Street

2A. This study is a streetscape mainly focused on enhanced vehicle facilities.  8th 2A2A2a


Study 3A. 8th Street

3A. This study is a streetscape mainly focused on enhanced pedestrian facilities, and is the most expensive option due to the amount of concrete sidewalk construction (cyan blue).8th 3A3A3a


Study 4A. 8th Street

4A. This study is a streetscape mainly focused on complete streets enhancements, providing a balance of facilities for all modes of transportation; vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian. 8th 4A4A4a


9th Street Design Studies

The following studies represent design alternatives for one-way travel on 9th Street between K and I Streets. 

Study 1B. 9th Street

1B. This study is a streetscape mainly focused on enhancing bicycle and some pedestrian facilities.  9th 1B1B1b


Study 2B. 9th Street

2B. This study is a streetscape mainly focused on enhanced vehicle facilities.  9th 2B2B2b


Study 3B. 9th Street

3B. This study is a streetscape mainly focused on enhanced pedestrian facilities, and is the most expensive option due to the amount of concrete sidewalk construction (cyan blue).9th 3B3B3b


Study 4B. 9th Street

4B. This study is a streetscape mainly focused on complete streets enhancements, providing a balance of facilities for all modes of transportation; vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian. 9th 4B4B4b

Design Study Community Survey

If you have a few minutes, please take the 8th and 9th Street Design Survey and give use feedback on the streetscape Studies.

Click the button below to go directly to the Design Survey

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or scan the QR code

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Your Input is Appreciated!

                                                                                                                                                      

Haga clic en el botón de abajo para tomar la Encuesta de Diseño en Español

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¡Su aporte es apreciado!

Next Steps

The City seeks to provide the results of this community driven design to City Council in late Fall and secure authorization to finalize the design.

Please check back regularly for updates.

Contact Us

  1. Jessica Jewett

    Projects & Grant Manager

    jjewett@cityofarcata.org


    Engineering Department


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Related Links & Documents

2020 Plaza Improvement Task Force Report


Design Survey

Click the button below to go directly to the Design Survey

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or scan the QR code

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Your Input is Appreciated!

                                               

Haga clic en el botón de abajo para tomar la Encuesta de Diseño en Español

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o escanea el código QR

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¡Su aporte es apreciado!





Opportunity Zones

The Design Studies feature areas marked as 'Opportunity Zones,' these areas are places where the the public right-of-way can be used by the community for activities such as; seating and outdoor dinning, landscaping, art, way-finding, and bicycle parking and storage.

Seating Ideas

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seating

Landscaping

Landscaping

Street Art

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Art

Way-Finding

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Bicycle Parking

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Bike storage






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