The Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) is proposing safety improvements on West Grand Avenue between Mandela Parkway and Market Street as part of the West Oakland Specific Plan. Currently, West Grand Avenue is part of the city's High Injury Network, meaning it has a high rate of serious and fatal crashes.
In addition to repaving, the proposed safety improvements to West Grand Avenue include buffered bike lanes and fewer travel lanes. This will make it easier to cross the street, reduce speeding, and help prevent traffic crashes. All crossings will be upgraded with corner extensions and new crosswalk paint, and painted pedestrian safety zones will narrow the street crossing and make people walking more visible. Buffered bike lanes will help protect bicyclists and further narrow the pedestrian crossing by over 15 feet. During the summer of 2019, OakDOT sent out mailers to residents and property owners along West Grand to gather input on the project.