Alert: An Air Quality Advisory has been issued for the entire Bay Area. The current air quality in Oakland is UNHEALTHY. Stay inside. Limit outdoor activities.


This project will include fresh pavement, safety improvements, and other strategies to ensure that this portion of Telegraph works for all road users. This web page provides an overview of the project and opportunities to share your input as the project takes shape. Look out for a safe and smooth Telegraph in 2019!

Project Designs

Over the past few months, OakDOT has been hard at work evaluating options for Telegraph in Temescal. We're excited to share our process for decision-making, including what we've heard to-date! Now's your chance to voice your opinions by completing the Design Survey!

Check out the overview board and the two Design Idea options below, then let us know which designs you prefer by completing the survey. (Tip: you can get a full-screen glimpse of the options by clicking the square below the slide.)

Project location

Telegraph Avenue has several projects underway. The map below shows two projects coming in 2019. Repairing Telegraph will focus on selecting a street design for the segment between 42nd St and 52nd St (in green), and implementing the already approved segment from MacArthur to 42nd in grey. Click on the segments to find out more

Take a quick survey to help guide the design and improve traffic safety on Telegraph when it gets repaved!


Telegraph Avenue through Temescal is a key transportation corridor for a number of reasons: it connects residents and visitors to services, businesses and recreation; local businesses provide jobs and opportunity for our community; it’s the quickest, most direct path of travel via transit, walking and biking from Downtown Oakland to UC Berkeley; and it provides key regional connections via MacArthur BART and the 24 and 580 Freeways.

Space on this segment of the street, however, is limited. Repairing Telegraph will include not only repaving, but also weighing tradeoffs and designing a street that best serves all Oaklanders and visitors.

To guide our decision-making process, OakDOT will select the final project design based on the following factors:

  • Safety
  • Equity
    • Ensure accessibility, affordability, health & safety, and process for disadvantaged communities in Oakland
  • Community Input
    • During this planning process, our team will ask the community to share their experience on Telegraph, how they use the corridor, and what improvements they value the most.
    • We will collect input through the following methods: on-the-ground sidewalk stickers promoting a user survey, online promotion of the user survey, merchant surveys to all affected merchants, mobile workshops on the street, tabling at community events, and attending community meeting
  • Vibrancy
    • Creating opportunities for beautification and increasing foot traffic

*Telegraph Avenue through Temescal is a high injury corridor (HIC), meaning that severe and fatal crashes concentrate on this corridor. In fact, HICs in Oakland make up just 6% of our streets, but account for 60% of severe and fatal traffic crashes. For this reason, preventing future life-changing or life-ending crashes and ensuring safety along the corridor is the City’s top priority in redesigning this street.

Events, Meetings, and Outreach

Take the Survey

We welcome you to take a quick survey on which of the drafted design proposals you would like to see on the street. Your input can guide the design and improve traffic safety when it gets repaved! Please visit here to complete the survey.