The Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) is repaved MacArthur Boulevard between 73rd Avenue and 83rd Avenue in Spring 2021. The City is taking advantage of this planned paving project to also install safety and traffic-calming improvements at locations along MacArthur Boulevard. This action was taken in coordination with the Councilmember’s office and at the request of local community stakeholders, especially the business community.
The project goals include:
- Improve safety for pedestrians crossing MacArthur Boulevard
- Reduce vehicle traffic speeds on MacArthur Boulevard closer to the posted speed limit
- Prohibit the use of the center turn lane as a passing lane
- “Right-size” the roadway between 76th Ave and 82nd Ave by reducing vehicle lanes to one in each direction (with a center turning lane)
- Leave the street better than we found it as part of a planned Measure KK-funded paving project
Additionally, OakDOT received a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grant to widen the sidewalks at key intersections with a record of collisions and safety issues (shown in blue on map at left). This project will also install a Flashing Pedestrian Beacon at the intersection of Parker and MacArthur to improve safety at this school crosswalk. The HSIP-funded crossing improvements are planned for implementation in Fall 2022.