Lake Merritt bikeway improvements—Concepts

At the December 03, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Charlie Ream gave a presentation on Lake Merritt Bikeway Improvements Project.

“The Lake Merritt Bikeway Improvements Project proposes several changes to the roadway on Lakeside Drive from Madison Street to Lake Merritt Boulevard and on Lake Merritt Boulevard from Lakeside to E 12th Street. This section of street is set to be repaved in 2021. This presents an opportunity to extend the popular two-way protected cycletrack around Lake Merritt from Madison Street southward and over the estuary bridge to E 12th Street!”

—from the City of Oakland survey on the Lake Merritt Bikeway Improvements Project

Notes from the discussion and presentation, and 35% design plans (conceptual level) are below.

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East Bay Greenway: Phase 2

At the December 03, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Manuel Corona gave a presentation on East Bay Greenway Phase II.

Project background

  • FTA and AHSC funding used for this portion of EB Greenway
  • Continuation of first segment of trail already built east of Coliseum BART (73rd to 85th) completed November 2019
  • Grant used to incorporate striping improvements to connect 69th to 75th (Bike lanes)


Project timeline

  • Project currently at 65% design
  • 100% design by March 2021
  • Construction: January through June 2023


Notes from the discussion, and the presentation and 65% design plans are below.

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Coliseum Transit Village

At the December 03, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Jay Zhang gave a presentation on the Intermodal Terminal Coliseum BART/Transit Village Area Improvements.


Project background


Project limits & scope

  • 71st Ave – Snell St to Hawley St
    • Pedestrian scale lighting
    • Widen sidewalk (south)
    • Plant trees
    • Repaving
    • Update curb ramps
  • Hawley St – 71st Ave to 72nd Ave
    • Pedestrian Scale lighting
    • Repair sidewalk, curb & gutter (west)
    • Repaving
    • Update curb ramps

View the full presentation below or download it here [PDF].

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AC Transit: East Bay Bus Rapid Transit

At the December 03, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Steven Jones from AC Transit gave a presentation on the recently completed East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, branded as “Tempo”. “Tempo” opened to riders on Aug 09, 2020.

Notes from the discussion, and the presentation are below.

Discussion

  • Committee forwarded a list of concerns to AC Transit before meeting, including concerns around lane striping, signal timing/actuation, and training/policy. How much follow-up can still be done by AC Transit versus by others?
    • North of 42nd Ave is Oakland right-of-way, south of 42nd Ave is Caltrans. AC Transit project is almost entirely complete, so follow-up will likely need to be handled by others.
  • Garrett suggests forming a smaller follow up sub-committee to review specific concerns and find out which can be addressed still via the AC Transit project. Committee members will follow up directly to coordinate.
  • Some issues may be in AC Transit’s interest to adjust, even if built as planned, including pedestrian signal timing.
    • Some of the pedestrian signal timing issues may have been related to signal control problems—now resolved.
  • Drivers are parking in the bike lane, especially around the community market near 56th Ave, and also between 73rd and 105th Aves.
    • AC Transit’s BRT outreach team has been disbanded, so any communications follow-up will have to be done by others.
    • Interested in focusing on non-enforcement solutions.

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Oakland Inner Harbor Pipeline Crossing – Traffic Control Plan

At the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Raffi Moughamian, Associate Civil Engineer gave a presentation on the traffic control plan for East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)’s Oakland Inner Harbor Pipeline Crossing.

  • EBMUD is replacing a 1940s pipeline in the Oakland-Alameda estuary and on surrounding streets in Oakland and Alameda. The pipeline is currently seismically unsound.
  • Construction cost is $28M.
  • Oakland streets affected: Madison (8th to 4th Streets), Jackson (5th to 4th), 4th St (Jackson to Fallon), Fallon St (4th to end)

Notes from the presentation, discussion, and the presentation are below.

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Citywide Active Transportation Enhancement Project

At the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, David Pene and Jason Cook gave a presentation on OakDOT’s Active Transportation Enhancement Project.

  • Objectives
    • Add physical separation to existing curbside buffered bike lanes with known issues.
    • Provide safer pedestrian access to key locations.
    • Implement the toolkit that was developed as part of the Curbside Class IV Bikeway Analysis and evaluate the effectiveness of these tools.

The full presentation, notes, and discussion are below.

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HSIP Cycle 9: Foothill & MacArthur – Preliminary Plans

At the October 01, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Beaver Boonsook, Transportation Engineer in the OakDOT Great Streets Division, will provide an update on the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Cycle 9 Foothill & MacArthur project.

The plans propose installing high-visibility crosswalks, pedestrian refuge islands, advance yield markings, and rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) at multiple intersections on Foothill Blvd and on MacArthur Blvd.

Notes from the meeting and preliminary conceptual plans are below.

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