The city commission approved the contract for project construction last night, so everything is moving ahead. Here is a link to the Ticker story from this morning. We’re looking forward to working with Team Elmer’s to make this a great project. Thank you to all the 8th Street area property owners and business owners (as well as other project supporters and stakeholders) who have been with us on this journey, willing to work through all the layers of complicated issues, and helped us get this project so far so fast.
As we move into this new phase we’ll be reorganizing this site, archiving more of the project history and moving other construction-related items to the forefront.
Last week the city placed digital signs along 8th Street that say “Street Closed May 6 – October 18”. The dates posted on these signs reflect the dates in the construction contract. Construction time periods can vary widely depending on a variety of factors – material availability, weather, etc. Please know that these dates are just an estimate, and we will post construction updates regularly once we are into active construction.
Good morning! Please note that we’ve streamlined the project menu. We haven’t deleted any information, however, some pages have been moved to a dropdown menu under “Background”.
The 8th Street Reconstruction project is out to bid, with bids due April 4. These bids will be reviewed and final project parameters will be discussed at the April 15th City Commission meeting.
As you have likely noticed from the last two city commission meetings, the city is discussing a change from a July project construction start to a May project construction start. We will not have a definite start date until a bidder has been selected and a schedule is confirmed with the winning bidder. However, if you use 8th Street regularly it would be wise to start getting to know the alternate routes now just in case we end up with an earlier start date.
8th Street business owners – Please scroll down the Businesses page, we’ve added a detour map you can customize for your own use as well as some other suggestions.
8th Street is back on the commission agenda tonight – please see details here.
We plan to discuss the 8th St. reconstruction project again with the city commission at next week’s March 11 work session. Please watch the city website for details.
Easement outreach is underway! Our team is committed to a high-level outreach effort at each stage of this project. To that end, we’re developing individual packets of information for each property owner with 8th Street frontage between Boardman Ave. and Railroad Ave. These are going out in various ways – some we are delivering in person, some have been mailed, and some are being emailed (as per the owner’s request). We’re not finished – so if you’re reading this and haven’t yet received a packet you will be seeing it soon.
These initial property owner packets provide an overview of the project, its impact on the individual property, and the type of easement requested. Once everyone has received their initial packet we will be circling back to each property owner to finalize arrangements.
In the meantime, design work is continuing on the underground infrastructure and the engineering plan set. We anticipate the next public meeting opportunity will be a city commission meeting, and when we know the date for that meeting we will post it here.
Thank you to everyone for your patience as we work through the layers of detail required for this project – we appreciate your support and dedication to the future of 8th Street!
Upcoming Meeting Note: North Boardman Lake District Meeting – Feb. 18 – 8 am at The Box
Happy new year! Our team has continued on with outreach meetings. As directed by the city we contacted all neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the project and requested spots on their agenda for the earliest available meeting.
We met with the Midtown Board Jan. 2 and shared the project sheet (see the December post). Other meetings include:
Jan. 14 – Boardman Neighborhood (6 pm, 400 Boardman)
Jan. 17 – Traverse Heights Neighborhood (7 pm, Traverse Heights Elementary Cafeteria)
Jan. 21 – NBLD Meeting, 8 am
Jan. 28 – City Commission Meeting (Project Overview) (Video)
Jan. 29 – Old Towne Neighborhood (7 pm, St. Francis Church Family Center)
The technical team is finishing updates to the base map and existing cost estimates. We’re currently scheduling meetings with neighboring groups for input on the preliminary engineering plan.
Monday December 17 – North Boardman Lake Association Meeting (The Box)
The City Commission has approved Phase 3 for construction, and this site makes it debut.