Oakland Caldecott Settlement Agreement Projects Coming Soon

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

This summer, residents will see construction of the first projects funded through an $8 million settlement agreement with Caltrans over the environmental impact documentation of the Fourth Bore of the Caldecott Tunnel. Improvements to Broadway between Keith Avenue and Brookside Avenue - including Oakland's first cycle-track (a two-way, separate bikeway) and pedestrian crossing enhancements - are slated to break ground in August.

Coming right behind are pathway and sidewalk improvements on upper Broadway between Golden Gate Way and Lake Temescal, and new upper Broadway bike lanes, from Brookside, past Lake Temescal, to the North Oakland Fields. These projects are expected to start construction in November, weather permitting, or in early spring if we're blessed with a wet winter.

The next Caldecott-funded project is expected to begin construction in early 2016. Improvements to the Broadway/Lawton intersection are part of a suite of projects on Broadway between Broadway Terrace and Keith Avenue designed to make crossing Broadway safer for pedestrians. These include a new pedestrian-activated HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK beacon) traffic signal at Lawton; reduce the number of lanes on Broadway from four to three (one lane in each direction, and a two-way center turn lane. See The Rockridge News, April 2014, article for details); high-visibility crosswalks at all intersections; and resurfacing the entire roadway.

New bicycle lanes and sidewalks on Tunnel Road from the Berkeley border to the end of Caldecott Lane are expected to begin construction in late spring/early summer 2016. This project includes a new and safer crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians through the Tunnel Road/SR 13/Hiller Drive intersection (http://bit.ly/Caldecott-1).

Four other Caldecott-funded projects currently in the design phase are aimed at making it safer to access the Rockridge BART station on foot and by bike. These include pedestrian improvements to the intersections of College Avenue and Keith and Miles Avenues, on either side of the station; signs to direct bicyclists to the station; and bike parking at the station. These projects will be designed and constructed as part of a larger Safe Routes to Transit-funded set of improvements, which will be the subject of a community meeting on Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m.

Once the city has received construction bids on these projects - most are expected by this fall - an updated Oakland Caldecott project list will be available. This list will reflect the generosity of the Fourth Bore Coalition, which contributed $200,000 of its Caltrans settlement agreement funds to the city so more projects on the list can be funded.

For more information, contact the city's Caldecott projects consultant, Victoria Eisen: victoria@eisenletunic.com or 510/525-0220.