Otis Drive

City Council Announcement - Tues, June 4, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, City Council Chambers

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 also direct questions or concerns to Gail Payne, Senior Transportation Coordinator, by phone at 510-747-6892 or by email at gpayne@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 at 7 p.m.
  • City Council requested to approve recommendation on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Consultant team to complete final design of Phase 1 in Fall.

2020

  • Construction expected on Phase 1 of safety improvements.

 

 

 

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

  • Construction expected on Phase 1 of safety improvements.