14th Avenue is a major east-west corridor that connects International Boulevard and Highland Hospital. 14th Avenue is currently a relatively high-speed, 4-lane divided roadway that forms a barrier for people walking between residential neighborhoods. The street is also an important, (relatively flat) connection for people biking in East Oakland. The City recently completed the first Phase of the 14th Avenue Streetscape Project, which upgraded sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, and landscaping between International Blvd. and E 19th Street.
The next phase of The 14th Avenue Streetscape project will make improvements in two areas; from E 8th St to International Blvd, and from E 19th Street to E 27th Street.
The goals of this project are to:
- Improve safety and comfort for people walking, especially for people crossing 14th Avenue
- Increase the visibility of people walking and biking
- Slow vehicle speeds
- Provide a dedicated space for people riding bikes on 14th Avenue from E 19th Street to E 27th Street
- Improve access for people with disabilities
- Upgrade bus stops on the corridor with safer pedestrian crossings and bus boarding islands
The City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) will be mailing postcards and getting the word out to the 14th Avenue community about the project in Summer 2020. We'll also be posting an online survey on our website for input on the plans for improving the street, so check back soon!
Look here for project updates, maps, and materials in July/August 2020