At the January 21, 2021 BPAC meeting, Sarah Fine, Complete Streets Paving & Sidewalks Program Manager, reported on implementation of the adopted 2019 3-Year Paving Plan, including an updated schedule for the remainder of the plan. See Oakland’s 3-Year Paving Plan – Year 1 in Review. The summary of discussion is below.
Summary of Discussion
- Larger projects that are scoped more like streetscape projects are managed by other groups, and these projects may include project evaluation for their effects on vehicle speeds. Routine paving projects typically do not have before/after traffic studies.
- Lakeside Dr was recently discussed at the BPAC’s Infrastructure Committee. This project may get underway in late 2021, with construction more likely in 2022.
- Following the current Three Year Plan, OakDOT will develop a new Paving Plan based on a new survey of pavement condition. This work with continue with Measure KK funds for as long as those funds last. The next Paving Plan could extend beyond the availability of Measure KK funds, so it could include a drop in annual mileage corresponding to that drop in funding.
- All paving projects include high-visibility crosswalks to improve pedestrian safety at intersections. Streets on the Paving Plan that overlap with the High Injury Network often receive additional attention. One upcoming example is the six-lane portion of Martin Luther King Jr Wy in North Oakland. Another current example includes upgrading an “Essential Places” location, part of the Slow Streets Program, to improve a pedestrian crossing at a grocery store on Bancroft Ave at Avenal Ave which will receive a raised concrete median.
- W Grand Ave is coming up for paving and the project will add buffered bike lanes by converting the roadway from six lanes to four lanes. There are also more ambitious plans under consideration on a longer timeframe.
- 8th Street in West Oakland was discussed in the context of its planned paving, a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) request submitted by residents, and how OakDOT works to leverage transportation improvements and neighborhood benefits through its routine paving.
- The City of Oakland has been taking on more ambitious transportation projects through its paving work, but at the same time there has been less communication with the BPAC on the scope of paving projects as they relate to bicyclists and pedestrians.
- There are also more ambitious plans under consideration on a longer timeframe, through the Grand Avenue Mobility Plan.