8th Street East is an important arterial road within Saskatoon, and from Clarence Avenue to McKercher Drive is considered the city's main suburban commercial district, with many shops and businesses, including a major regional shopping centre and several strip malls located on the road. Until the 1980s-early 1990s it also featured a number of motels and hotels, but these where gradually demolished in favour of retail development (as of 2014 only one remains).
8th Street East is divided by a boulevard until Boychuk Drive, where it downgrades to a two-lane road, and becomes a gravel road after leaving the developed portion of Saskatoon. After eventually leaving the recently expanded city limits, it becomes part of the longer but broken-up Township Road 364.
The City of Saskatoon's long-term plan for development of annexed lands to the east show a new commercial zone planned along the eastern extension of 8th Street, similar to what now exists along much of its established route. 8th Street will form the southern boundary of a new community called Brighton, plans for which were approved in the spring of 2014.