Meet the New 4th Street SW!
Please be safe and courteous. There's a lot riding on it.
Learn how to navigate 4th Street SW:
- Click here for an educational brochure on the features of 4th Street SW bike lanes and how to safely share the road
- Click here for a poster showing the layout of 4th Street SW.
- Click here for an educational video on how to navigate 4th Street SW.
|What motorists should know:
What cyclists should know:
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What pedestrians should know:
- Some traffic signals along this street allow pedestrian traffic to enter the intersection a few seconds before the light turns green for vehicles. This head start helps make pedestrians more visible to drivers and cyclists.
- Watch for cyclists in the bike lane, as well as vehicles in the travel lane, as you cross the street.
4th Street SW was reconstructed from 1st Avenue SW to 6th Avenue SW in 2018-2019. This project addressed pavement that was in poor condition, added bicycle facilities, improved pedestrian safety, upgraded sanitary sewer capacity in downtown and replaced water main that was over 100 years old.
Features for Pedestrians:
- Crosswalks across 4th Street were shortened by adding curb bump outs. Some crosswalks have a raised median, providing pedestrian refuge.
- A curbless intersection was constructed at 2nd Ave SW to prototype the future Discovery Walk curbless street design.
- Wider sidewalks and amenity zones per the DMC Development Guidelines recommendations.
Features for Bikes:
- The City has designated 4th Street SW as a bicycle route. A buffered bicycle facility was constructed as part of this project.
- Enhanced pavement markings for bike facilities that increase the visibility of bikes to vehicles.
Features for Cars:
- The existing traffic signals at 1st Avenue SW, 3rd Avenue SW and 4th Avenue SW were replaced.
- The number of on-street parking stalls was increased.
- New pavement providing a smoother ride surface.
Project Cost & Funding
The estimated project cost was $5.3M, with the funding coming from special assessments, local utility funds, State Aid funds, DMC Sales Tax and State DMC funds.