City of Alameda Transportation Projects
Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge in West Alameda <new web page coming soon>: Alameda, in partnership with the City of Oakland and other stakeholders, is working to create a vastly improved estuary crossing for people biking and walking, knitting together the two cities across the estuary. A new bicycle/pedestrian lift bridge would create an easy-to-use, safe and enjoyable connection, filling the significant lack of walking and biking facilities between the West End of Alameda, Jack London Square, Downtown Oakland and beyond. In 2009, the City issued the Estuary Crossing Study(PDF, 6MB), which evaluated 17 possible ways to facilitate a comfortable crossing for people walking, biking and taking transit. And, in January 2021, the Estuary Crossing Study: Detailed Feasibility and Travel Demand Analysis(PDF, 12MB) was published, which further explored a smaller set of crossing options and studied the technical feasibility of a bicycle/pedestrian bridge that meets the Coast Guard navigational requirements. The study concluded that such a bridge is feasible. As a part of this analysis, a spreadsheet tool(XLSX, 6MB) was also developed to compare the expected usage of different crossing options.
Central Avenue: The concept for this project includes a reduction from four to three travel lanes, a center turn lane, bike lanes in the Gold Coast area, a two-way separated bikeway in the west end to Washington Park, street trees/rain gardens and intersection improvements such as roundabouts, curb extensions, pedestrian refuge islands, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and new crosswalks.
Clement Avenue: This project consists of a two-way bikeway on the north/estuary side of the street, curb extensions, sidewalk/curb ramp improvements and railroad track removal.
Clement Avenue/Tilden Way: This project will use the abandoned railroad right-of-way along Tilden Way and the eastern terminus of Clement Avenue. It will also build the most eastern segment of the 4-mile east-west Cross Alameda Trail, and will directly connect to the Clement Avenue Safety Improvement project, which also is part of the Cross Alameda Trail.
Cross Alameda Trail: This project, to be built in segments, is envisioned as a premiere cross-town, low-stress four-mile bicycling and walking corridor that will connect the west side of the island to the east, from the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point to the Miller-Sweeney (Fruitvale) Bridge.
Northern Shoreline near Posey/Webster Tubes: The northern shoreline at the foot of Mariner Square Drive is expected to be an entry point for coastal flooding at the 100-year flood event, which includes the Webster and Posey Tubes, State Route 260 and adjacent local streets and properties. City staff are seeking funding to begin the project to bolster the seawall barrier to keep out bay water.
Otis Drive: The goals of this project are to reduce speeds and flooding and to improve safety for all users including a four to three lane conversion, a bikeway, bus stop improvements and street trees.
Veterans Court: Veterans Court is expected to be one of several entry points for coastal flooding at the 100-year flood event on Bay Farm Island. The Veterans Court project in conjunction with the Doolittle Drive project are proposed so as to protect the airport, golf course, adjacent residential neighborhoods, commercial properties and roadways. City staff are working on the preliminary design and are seeking funding for project completion.
Willie Stargell Avenue: The City will be seeking grant funding to make improvements to Stargell Avenue between Main and Fifth Streets, including separate walking and bicycling paths in the vacant right-of-way north of the roadway, intersection safety and access improvements at the crossings and transit queue jump lanes at either end of the project.
The above projects are funded by a variety of federal, state and local sources including the gasoline tax - SB 1 monies(PDF, 132KB) - and the transportation sales tax monies - Measure B and Measure BB, which are administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
Other Transportation Projects (Not led by City)
Doolittle Drive: Doolittle Drive in Oakland is expected to be an entry point for coastal flooding at the 100-year flood event. City staff are working with the key stakeholders - Caltrans, the Port of Oakland, East Bay Regional Park District and the City of Oakland - to seek funding for the project so as to bolster the seawall barrier to keep out bay water.
Encinal Avenue: This Caltrans project consists of restriping and improving State Route 61 (Encinal Avenue) between Sherman Street/Central Avenue and Broadway with resurfacing, a road diet from four lanes to two lanes, a center turn lane and bike lanes. In April 2020, Caltrans completed the environmental document (Categorical Exclusion/Categorical Exemption). In 2021, design is anticipated to be completed in summer 2021. Caltrans is expected to begin construction starting in December 2021 with the construction duration estimated to be 190 working days. To view a Virtual Open House that includes Encinal Avenue, please click here. The Caltrans staff contact is Janis Mara at Janis.Mara@dot.ca.gov
Oakland Alameda Access Project (formerly called the “Broadway/Jackson” Project): This project, led by the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), includes improvements to the Jackson Street on-ramp and off-ramp, Sixth Street, Webster Tube entrance from 5th & Broadway, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements to the Webster and Posey Tubes and to adjacent streets in Alameda and Oakland, plus elimination of the Broadway off-ramp. City of Alameda staff is actively engaging with staff from Alameda CTC, Caltrans and the City of Oakland to pursue a mutually beneficial multimodal circulation project in and around the Broadway/Jackson interchanges. The project is in the environmental phase. The Draft Environmental Document was released in late 2020 for public input; the Final Environmental Document will be released in 2021. There is $75 million from Measure B/BB funds that are available to help fund this project once the final project alternative is approved.
The City of Alameda’s Transportation Commission considered this project at their October 28, 2020 meeting, and the City Council at its November 17, 2020 meeting. The City submitted comments on the draft Environmental Document(PDF, 186KB) in December 2020.