The City is proposing a redesign of Martin Luther King Jr Way between 7th and 20th Street, with the goal of reducing traffic collisions and speeding thus making the street safer for residents, and more comfortable for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Paving is scheduled for Winter 2021. In the Documents section below, find the project feasibility study, appendices, the draft striping plan and design, and a mailer sent to residents.
Project Design Elements
The proposed project would convert the street from two travel lanes in each direction to one travel lane and one buffered bike lane in each direction. New high-visibility crosswalks are proposed at all intersections between 7th Street and 20th Street. On-street parking would not change, except for the possible addition of ADA-accessible parking spaces to comply with current standards. Martin Luther King Jr Way is 56.5 feet in width from curb-to-curb. The project is funded by a grant from the State of California’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. This program funds affordable housing projects paired with sustainable transportation projects. The Martin Luther King Jr Way project was funded in conjunction with 50 units of senior affordable housing at 3268 San Pablo Ave.
The proposed Martin Luther King Jr Way road diet is being considered to implement the Bicycle Plan recommendation and because the existing traffic volumes are well below the capacity of the existing four-lane roadway. The excess capacity creates an opportunity to redesign the roadway to improve safety for all users.