Repave Telegraph! Update – Telegraph is on the paving list for Spring 2019!

Thank you so much for your incredible support of our campaign. I’d like to announce officially that our campaign has been successful, after 600 signatures on the petition and all of your calls and emails, and sharing our campaign via your email lists, to your neighbors and via social media.

Yesterday, the city of Oakland sent us a letter recognizing a clerical error in the paving list and committing to repave Telegraph Ave in Spring 2019 (please see full letter HERE). We did it!

Per their letter, they are going to start the process to redesign Telegraph Ave (aka Complete Streets) in a month or so, as part of the process to repave Telegraph Ave. This is a really important step in the paving process, which will determine the configuration of Telegraph Ave –  how many lanes of traffic, what the bike lane looks like, where the parking will go, etc.

I 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 2019.

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Background

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.