Broadway "Road Diet" and Crossing Improvements Set for Community Meeting November 18
Proposed designs for the Upper Broadway "road diet" and related intersection improvements funded with Caldecott Settlement Agreement funds are the topics of a community meeting to be hosted Monday, November 18 by Councilmember Dan Kalb"s office. The meeting, scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m., will be held at College Preparatory School, 6100 Broadway at Brookside Avenue. The meeting room is on the far right-hand side of the parking lot, facing the gym. Plans for the project area on Broadway between Broadway Terrace and Keith Avenue include:
- Resurfacing the roadway
- Reducing the number of traffic lanes from four to three (one lane in each direction, with a two-way center turn lane)
- Adding bicycle lanes on both sides of the street
- Adding high-visibility crosswalks
- Keeping existing on-street parking
Similar lane reconfigurations have been implemented on other Oakland streets including Market Street, West Street and Lakeshore Avenue along Lake Merritt. They improve safety partly by allowing pedestrians to cross just two lanes of traffic instead of four, preventing "double jeopardy" whereby vehicles stopping for pedestrians block the view of vehicles in adjacent lanes. They would also reduce traffic speeds and provide a designated space for bicyclists. In addition to the Broadway road diet, city staff will present an approach to improving pedestrian crossings of the reconfigured street, as called for in the settlement agreement, particularly at Lawton Avenue and Ocean View Drive. Staff will also present proposals for pedestrian crossing safety improvements at strategic locations between the three existing traffic signals at Keith Avenue, Manila Avenue and Broadway Terrace. For more information, contact the city"s Caldecott projects consultant, Victoria Eisen, at email@example.com; 510/525-0220.