OakDOT Rapid Responses to Fatal Crashes

At the October 20, 2022 BPAC meeting, OakDOT’s Safe Streets Division Manager Megan Wier, Supervising Transportation Engineer Joe Wang, and Transportation Engineers Mandana Ashti and Brian Sukkar provided an overview of OakDOT’s Rapid Response to fatal traffic crashes.

Oakland Police Department’s Lieutenant Fleming and Sergeant Bellusa also shared information regarding OPD’s crash investigations, which inform OakDOT rapid responses.

OakDOT staff also shared two case studies of rapid responses to recent crashes involving people walking and biking.

An excerpt of the presentation is below, followed by the full presentation.

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Rapid Response Program update

At the January 27, 2022 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Joe Wang, Megan Weir, Brian Sukkar, and Mandana Ashti gave an update on the Rapid Response program. The presentation [PDF] is below, followed by notes.

A Rapid Response may be activated for traffic crashes resulting in pedestrian or bicyclist fatalities, or severe injuries to pedestrians or bicyclists who are youth or seniors. A Rapid Response may be activated for additional crashes based on the individual circumstances of a crash.


Engineering staff will conduct site visits and review already available data, plans, and policies to make recommendations in one or more of the following four categories:

  1. Maintenance Treatment
  2. Quick-Build Improvement
  3. Current Capital Project to coordinate with
  4. New Capital Improvement
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KONO Rapid Response

At the August 6, 2020 Infrastructure Committee meeting, Hank Phan, OakDOT staff presented on the KONO (Koreatown-Northgate-Waverly) Rapid Response Project.

OakDOT is finishing up a permanent design for Telegraph Avenue from 20th St. to 29th St. that will be constructed in 2021. In the meantime, the Department will install interim treatments in 2020 that address lessons learned from the 2016 street design currently on Telegraph Ave.

The interim treatments are:

  1. Bollards between bike lane and parking, and around beige painted safety zones
  2. Clear and more frequent stencils to indicate the lane against the curb is in fact a bike lane
  3. Slower right turns with special turning speed humps
  4. Restricting left turns and through movements at key intersections with bollards (23rd St., 25th St., and Sycamore St.)

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