Last week, the Repair Telegraph Ave. finalized design proposed by OakDOT
staff was approved by Oakland City Council, ensuring the repaving of Telegraph Ave. in 2019! The approved redesign of Telegraph Ave. between 42nd and 52nd St (aka Repair Telegraph) includes a road diet, parking protected bike lanes AND a pedestrian plaza on Shattuck Ave. between 45th and 46th St. This means that the Temescal BID’s planned pedestrian plaza now has a designated approved space.
As part of the Telegraph Ave. redesign approval, Oakland City Council instituted the following conditions:
- An informational report regarding merchant outreach in Temescal be presented to the Publics Works Committee
- City staff will finalize a design to close the bike lane gap between KONO and 42nd St
- City staff will create a plan to act concurrently to fix the KONO bike lanes
The repaving and redesign of Telegraph Ave in Temescal will occur Summer 2019. For updates on the repaving and redesign of Telegraph Ave (and perhaps a count-down clock!), bookmark repavetelegraph.org
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Earlier this year, our campaign to get the City of Oakland to recognize the paving that needed to be on Telegraph was successful.
With over 600 signatures of the petition, the mass numbers of calls and emails and the overall support of sharing our campaign, the City of Oakland decided it was time to take action. The city of Oakland sent us a letter recognizing a “clerical error” in the paving list and committed to repaving Telegraph Ave in Spring 2019 (please see full letter Here
OakDOT initiated the process to redesign Telegraph Ave (aka Repair Telegraph) this past Summer, as part of the process to repave Telegraph Ave. Over the past five months, the City of Oakland Department of Transportation
(OakDOT) has been collecting input on community and business priorities for the street and evaluating strategies to improve safety, equity and vibrancy along the corridor.
We urge all of you to stay engaged with the Temescal Telegraph BID and be involved in the process to repave and redesign Telegraph Ave! Help us keep the city accountable to follow through on their promise to repave Telegraph in Spring/Summer 2019.
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For over 10 years, the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District (TTBID) has been trying to get the City of Oakland to repave Telegraph Ave. between 45th and 51st Streets. The City itself has ranked this street as one of the worst streets in the city (ranked as Poor/Failing at <30, when 100 is the top score). Now this stretch of Telegraph Ave is barely passable, with pedestrians and bicyclists hurt frequently, and causing costly repairs to vehicles. The hazardous state of the road is a threat to the safety of the Oakland community.
Telegraph Ave between 45th Street and 51st St., one of Oakland’s major thoroughfares, is in the heart of a bustling commercial district. The crumbling street has over 25,000 cars per day, 4 freeway on and off ramps, thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians and a major AC Transit bus line.
The State just increased gas taxes to increase funding for things like street repair, and a year ago Oakland’s voters approved a $600 million bond issue for the same purpose. It is simply inexcusable that this key part of a major thoroughfare is left to crumble year after year after year. It’s time to pave this section of Telegraph now.
Write an email or make a phone call to Key Decision makers at the city:
Director of the Department of Transportation
Mayor Libby Schaaf
Councilmember Dan Kalb – District 1