Repairing Telegraph Community Open House

Department of Transportation Open House Community Meeting
Tuesday, August 21 | 6 – 8pm | Faith Presbyterian Church | 430 49th St. | Open to All
Earlier this year in April, we announced that our campaign to get the City of Oakland to recognize the paving that needed to be on Telegraph had been 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. Over the past two 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 now invite you to attend the upcoming community meeting at Faith Presbyterian Church to furthermore discuss this issue. At this meeting, the community is invited to see how OakDOT has taken this input and translated it into concepts. Please attend this meeting to view the concepts and and let the City know what you think!
If you are unavailable to make it to the open house, but still want to provide input, OakDOT will have viewable concepts online following the meeting along with an accompanying survey. Please visit this link after August 21st to take the update survey.
For more information, visit OakDOT’s website

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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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.