29th Street reopens as “shared street”

The city’s first shared street, a two-block portion of 29th Street, is now open.

Reconstruction of 29th Street is complete between Bryant and Lyndale. Once called one of the worst streets in the city, 29th Street’s new design without curbs allows the street to be shared by cars, cyclists and pedestrians. The pilot project may extend from Bryant to Fremont in the future.

The design includes narrowed sections to slow traffic and areas dedicated to a raingarden or landscaping. Plantings and public art are set to arrive next spring.

The project cost of about $944,473 includes more than $44,000 paid through special assessments to property owners, according to a city staff report. Assessments of about $68,000 also cover new low-level pedestrian street lighting.