Martin Luther King Jr Way is North-South arterial street connecting South Berkeley to North Oakland. The street between 47th and the City limit at 61st Street serves residences, a variety of businesses, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, and connects drivers to Highways 24 and 580. With three travel lanes and a parking lane on either side, divided by elevated BART tracks, the street's configuration leads to dangerous conditions, particularly for pedestrians who must watch for speeding vehicles while navigating long crossing distances. There were 78 collisions in the last 5 years, including one fatal collision at 60th Street.
OakDOT's Three-Year Paving Plan includes repaving Martin Luther King Jr. Way from 47th Street to 61st Street. In Winter 2022 OakDOT will be conducting outreach and studying whether it can deliver safety upgrades through the paving project, funded by Measure KK, or if it will need to apply for additional funding for more substantial improvements to pedestrian safety infrastructure, protected/separated bicycle facilities, and transit improvements. Because the 2019 “Let’s Bike Oakland!” Bike Plan calls for protected bike lanes on MLK Jr Way, OakDOT is conducting outreach to see if now is the right time to implement those, potentially through this paving project.