Oakland’s Five-Year Paving Plan
The Oakland Department of Transportation’s (OakDOT) new Five-Year Paving Plan starts in July 2022. More than 15 Golden Gate streets on the paving map may also get:
- Improved crosswalk markings
- Curb ramp installation or upgrades
- Sidewalk repairs
- Repairs to damage caused by official City trees
- Reimbursement agreements for private sidewalk repairs
Most of Golden Gate’s streets in this plan will not get paved until 2026. GGCA will keep you posted on timeline changes. View the project map to see if your street is on it. Yeah, 2026 does seem like ages away. But it actually gives residents enough time to request traffic-calming measures that require planning and consensus among neighbors.
Speedbumps are the easiest to request, but note that when we request speedbumps on residential streets, the City will actually install speedhumps. The two are similar in height, but speedhumps have a longer slope to reduce damage to vehicles and bikes. Neighbors on 53rd Street, however, report that speedhumps there are not as effective at traffic calming as the good old-fashioned speedbumps, which are now installed mostly in parking lots.
If your street does not have speedbumps, the paving project will install speedhumps once you submit a petition signed by your neighbors living in 67% of the residential units (not 67% of residents). Before you collect signatures, make sure your street is eligible for speedhumps. Download petition and criteria.
- Petitions in the pipeline: If your street is in the paving plan AND has a pending petition, check on the ETA for your speedhumps with Deidra Moss in Councilmember Kalb’s office (email@example.com). GGCA, for example, just learned that 57th Street, Grace Street., and Arlington Avenue — all with pending petitions and in the paving plan — will be paved next year rather than in 2026.
- When you don’t need a petition:
- Existing speedbumps: The paving project should replace existing speedbumps with speedhumps as part of its work on that street.
- Neighborhood bike routes (NBRs): Streets in the paving plan that are designated as NBRs will automatically get speedhumps and likely other traffic-calming measures, including STOP stencils and signs, centerlines approaching controlled intersections, and high-visibility crosswalks. If your street is in the paving plan, check to see if it is also on the NBR map.
Other traffic-calming requests
You can request other traffic-calming measures such as traffic diverters, traffic circles, lane narrowing, and bulb-outs to narrow intersections. Measures that change traffic flow and parking will need significant community engagement and coordination with OakDOT whether or not they are included in the paving plan. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need support for your requests.
For more about traffic-calming measures, see Oakland’s Neighborhood Bike Route Implementation Guide.
For more about past and new paving plans, visit the City’s webpage.