Seminary Avenue between Foothill Boulevard and Sunnymere Avenue is part of the City of Oakland’s Five-year Paving Plan and is set to be repaved in 2025. This planned repaving on Seminary Avenue presents an opportunity for the City of Oakland to integrate Complete Streets components, including pedestrian, bicyclist, and transit improvements, during the delivery of the paving project. This project will continue the work of connecting East Oakland to Downtown Oakland by connecting Seminary Avenue to the Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park, and Seminary (LAMMPS) Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects, which are along MacArthur Boulevard.
- Safety improvements for everyone: Slowing down vehicles traveling on Seminary, especially in the downhill direction, will make the street safer for all users.
- Pedestrian safety improvements: On Seminary between Foothill and MacArthur, pedestrian safety improvements could include new marked crossings, traffic circles, and other traffic calming measures.
- Bicycling improvements: Oakland’s Bicycle Plan, Let’s Bike Oakland! (2019), recommends bike lanes on Seminary Avenue between MacArthur Boulevard and Sunnymere Avenue to connect Oakland's existing and planned bikeways. Another option for a bikeway on Seminary would be to continue the off-street biking and walking path around Mills college that is planned on MacArthur as part of the Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park, and Seminary (LAMMPS) Phase 2 Project.
- Transit improvements: Three AC Transit lines use Seminary Avenue (45, 617, 650). OakDOT staff will work with AC Transit to optimize the placement of bus stops for transit reliability and safety.
OakDOT staff began in-person and virtual outreach in Spring 2023 to learn what residents, business owners, and other stakeholders would like to see improved on Seminary Avenue.
In Summer 2023, the project team sent out a widely distributed survey (now closed) about what sort of bike connection to build between Camden Avenue and Sunnymere Boulevard. Survey results showed that 85% of residents in the surrounding area favored a Class 1 off-street walking and biking path, as opposed to a protected on-street bike lane.
For more information, contact Cathy DeLuca, Transportation Planner.