Safeway on College Construction Update: Store Opening Delayed

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The opening of the new Safeway store has been delayed to mid-December due to multiple factors. Safeway, at the direction of the city of Oakland, was required to install new storm drains, water pipes, sewer pipes, fire hydrants, street lights, traffic lights, ADA ramps, and more. Safeway's construction schedule, dependent on EBMUD and PG&E to complete its portion of the improvements, was unfortunately pushed back to accommodate delays beyond its control.

Construction crews are working to complete improvements on College Avenue in the next week to return parking spaces to public use and eliminate lane restrictions as we move into the holiday shopping season. There will continue to be a closed lane on Claremont as the exterior work is finalized and crews turn their attention to the store interior.

Expect to see crews working in the intersection of College and Claremont as they pull conduit for the new traffic signals. There will be intermittent delays in the intersection as work moves through a series of underground vaults that control the signals.