Upper Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project

OakDOT is enhancing connectivity and safety on Telegraph Avenue from 52nd Street to Woolsey Street as part of Oakland’s Five-year Paving Plan



**Project Survey closed on 2/21/24. Check back in April/May 2024 for survey results and an announcement on the chosen design for the project.**

Project Background

Telegraph Avenue from 52nd Street to Woolsey Street will be repaved as part of Oakland’s Five-year Paving Plan. This paving work presents an opportunity for the City to integrate design elements that will enhance connectivity and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders.

Between 52nd Street and 55th Street, Telegraph is part of the city’s Pedestrian High Injury Network - the 6% of city streets that are responsible for 60% of reported collisions. On the full project corridor, there were 52 crashes between 2017 and 2021. Notably, during the available years of recorded data, one fatality occurred on this portion of Telegraph.

The City's 2019 Bike Plan, Let's Bike Oakland!, recommends protected bike lanes along Telegraph. AC Transit's 2016 Major Corridors Study recommends bus-only lanes on Telegraph.

This project will include design elements that slow traffic, provide physical separation between bicycles and vehicles, increase pedestrian visibility, and maintain efficient transit operations.

Planned Improvements Include:

  • Separated bike lanes
  • Upgraded and new curb ramps
  • High-visibility crosswalks
  • Bus boarding islands

Potential Improvements Include:

  • Bus-only lanes
  • Flashing lights at crosswalks
  • Pedestrian refuge islands
  • And more


Staff began outreach in late summer/early fall of 2023.

Public meetings and engagement opportunities have included:

  • 10/10/23: Shattuck NCPC Meeting
  • Dec 2023 - January 2024: Project survey
  • 1/7/24: Temescal Farmer's Market, 9am-1pm
  • 1/17/24: Project Open House, 5pm-7pm, Temescal Library
  • 2/7/24: Mayor's Commission on Aging, 10am-12pm, City Hall, Hearing Room 1
  • 2/26/24: Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities, 5:30pm-7:30pm, City Hall, Hearing Room 1


In December 2014, Oakland City Council adopted the Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Plan which proposed complete street improvements for Telegraph Avenue. In April 2016, the Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) built a pilot project with temporary protected bike lanes from 17th Street to 29th Street as part of a repaving project.

OakDOT leveraged paving projects in 2016 and 2021 to provide temporary improvements between 20th Street and 52nd Street through three project phases -- KONO, Pill Hill/Mosswood, and Temescal. This Telegraph Avenue Paving Project will build on these past projects by extending complete streets improvements all the way to the Berkeley border.

For a more detailed history, including evaluations of the projects, visit the Telegraph Avenue Corridor Improvements page.



Map of Project: Upper Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets Project


Project Kick-off
Summer/Fall 2023
Outreach & Engagement
Fall/Winter 23-24
Initial Design
Summer 2024
Final Design
Late 2024