RDA Corrects Avenue Tree Well Trip Hazard

Thursday, January 9, 2014

After working four years with the city of Oakland, the Rockridge District Association (RDA) gained permission to bring College Avenue tree wells to grade.

These wells have been a safety issue for years, largely due to the tree well enlargement program on College and in other areas of Oakland. The contractor performing the work failed to backfill the wells to sidewalk height, creating sharp drop-offs at the well edge, leading to many turned ankles and broken bones. The problem also exists on Piedmont Avenue.

Although decomposed granite was chosen as the most cost-effective solution, RDA spent well over $14,000 fixing 130 tree wells. RDA expects the filled wells will create a more pedestrian-friendly and easier-to-navigate sidewalk for College Avenue and help prevent injuries. As a bonus, the filled wells provide more sidewalk space. The decomposed granite is a suitable walking surface which also allows irrigation.

Another RDA project to look forward to is the replacement of several trees blown down in that unusual November windstorm.

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