At the April 1st, 2021 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting, Charlie Ream and Colin Piethe gave a presentation on the High Street Paving Project.
High Street is an important east-west corridor that connects the Laurel District, Maxwell Park and Allendale to International and Foothill Boulevards.
- Slow vehicle speeds and curb unsafe driving
- Reduce vehicle collisions
- Improve safety and comfort for people walking, especially crossing at major intersections
- Increase the visibility of people walking and biking
- Investigate providing a bicycle lane for people biking on High Street
- Feb/March/April 2021 – Public Outreach
- Online Presentation and Online Survey to get neighborhood feedback
- Presentations to stakeholder groups (email OakDOT staff if you’d like to set up a small-group video chat)
- Postcard mailer to the High Street community
- Social media/online outreach
- Spring 2021 – Select final design for street and post online/email to survey respondents
- Summer 2021 – Roadway design
- Late 2021/early 2022 – Roadway repaving
The presentation and notes from the presentation and discussion are below.
Daniel Swafford, Executive Director of the Laurel District Association submitted the below project narrative to OakDOT as a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project request. Daniel will be presenting this at the February 4th, 2021 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting for discussion.
A capital improvement project—S.L.O.W. Laurel [Safe Livable Open Welcoming Laurel]—is a lane reduction, “road diet” proposal, which reduces four traffic lanes to two, builds out open-air dining, and incorporates bike lanes on the section of MacArthur Blvd. located in The Laurel District of Oakland, California. The section of road is a mixed-use area located between 35th Ave and High Street.