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. On May 17, 2022, City of Arcata Building & Engineering Department staff introduced the project to the Transportation Safety Committee, defining general goals that include:
In late June, staff and a group of community members completed a field walk along the corridor to better understand conditions and discuss opportunities. During the walk, it became clear to the group that reinforcing the connection between the Plaza and the Creamery District is critical to support economic vitality. By providing better walking and biking options in the area, the group felt that this could also help reduce vehicle congestion and ease parking challenges.
Consistent with the Plaza Task Force recommendations, the project proposes to convert 8th and 9th Streets into one-way operation similar to the operation near the Plaza. 9th Street will run in the westbound direction from I to K Street. Similarly, 8th Street will run in the eastbound direction from K to I Street. By removing one travel lane, a width of about 12 feet is freed for other uses.
We are currently working on options on 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, and we will be presenting options later this summer for community feedback. The City seeks to provide the results of this community driven design to City Council in early Fall and secure authorization to finalize the design.
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