Otis Drive

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Status Update: On September 1, 2020, City Council approved the construction contractor as shown here, and construction begins in November 2020.

The City has identified Otis Drive, between Westline Drive and Willow Street (1 mile), as a high priority for traffic safety improvements. The street is classified in the Transportation Element of the City of Alameda’s General Plan as an Island Arterial, which are streets intended to provide cross-island access for local intra-island trips through generally residential neighborhoods. It is also identified as a bicycle priority street and as a primary transit street, as the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) operates daily bus service in the corridor.

Otis Drive is 64 feet wide, curb to curb, and currently operates with two lanes in each direction, on-street parking along both curbs and no bike lanes. Safety concerns include excessive speeds, challenging crossings for pedestrians and a lack of bicycle facilities. The goals of the project include:

  • Reducing driving speeds within the 25 miles per hour limit
  • Improving safety for all users
  • Adding bicycle facilities to connect to Wood School, the beach, Alameda Hospital and with existing bike lanes on Westline Drive and Grand Street
  • Improving bus stops
  • Improving streetscape, such as gateways and landscaping
  • Reducing impacts of flooding/sea level rise 

For project updates via email, please email gpayne@alamedaca.gov.

Please direct questions or concerns to Robert Vance, Supervising Civil Engineer, by phone at 510 747-7972 or by email at rvance@alamedaca.gov.

2017

  • Spring: City Council approved $500,000 for Otis Drive safety improvements in the 2017-2019 Capital Improvement Program.

2018

  • Aug/Sept: City conducted survey. 
  • Sept: City Council approved the consultant contract for Parisi/CSW Design Group for the outreach, planning and design services.

2019

  • City held community workshop #1 on January 31 at Wood School.
  • Transportation Commission information item on February 27 at City Council Chambers.
  • City held community workshop #2 on March 20 at Wood School.
  • Transportation Commission approved short-term recommendation on May 22.
  • City Council approved recommendation on Tuesday, June 4.
  • Consultant team completed 65 percent design drawings.

2020

  • Spring: Consultant team to complete 95 percent design drawings. 
  • Summer: Consultant team to complete 100 percent design drawings.
  • November: Begin construction.

2021

  • Early: Finish construction and project close-out.

 

 

 

2017

  • Spring: City Council approved $500,000 for Otis Drive safety improvements in the 2017-2019 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Link to CIP sheet(PDF, 125KB) for Otis Drive.

2018

  • Aug/Sept: City conducted survey - summary results(PDF, 403KB).
  • Sept: City Council approved the consultant contract for Parisi/CSW Design Group for the outreach, planning and design services. Link to staff report.

2019

2020

  • Spring: Consultant team to complete 95 percent drawings.
  • Summer: Consultant team to complete 100 percent drawings.
  • Sept 1: City Council approved construction contractor and voted for a roundabout at the Grand Street/Otis Drive intersection as the long-term solution.  Link to staff report.
  • November: Contractor to begin construction.

2021

  • Early: Finalize construction and project close-out.