The Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) will be implementing safety improvements on West Grand Avenue between Mandela Parkway and Market Street. Originally approved as part of the West Oakland Specific Plan, the improvements will help address West Grand Avenue's status as part of the city's High Injury Network, meaning it has a higher rate of serious and fatal crashes compared to the rest of the City.
In addition to repaving, the safety improvements to West Grand Avenue include buffered bike lanes and reducing the travel lanes to two in each direction. All crosswalks will be upgraded to "high visibility" style markings which have been shown to improve driver yielding. During the summer of 2019, OakDOT sent out mailers to residents and property owners along West Grand to gather input on the project.