In October, the City of Oakley issued a public notice for tonight’s meeting for a proposed expansion and widening of a 1.2-mile section of State Route 4(SR4)/Main Street between the southbound ramp of Highway 160 in Antioch and Big Break road in Oakley.
In looking at the map, this is a much needed face lift for the major gateway leading into Oakley and eventually to the rejuvenated downtown. I cannot think of a negative in terms of the project because currently it’s a major eye sore and sets the tone for how others perceive Oakley.
Think about that, when someone enters Oakley, it’s the first thing they see. First impressions mean everything!
Currently this stretch of road leading to downtown is disgusting, the road is bumpy, and there are no paths to walk on. This does not even include the trash that continues to pile up on each side of the road.
Upon completion, this project should keep the “small town” feel while staying true to Oakley’s history. I would hope it doesn’t look like every other road improvement project recently completed in the area. Upon approval, I would like to think the council will somehow tie the design into the new downtown in terms of look and feel with the same trees and plants
Some may argue its roadwork and who cares about the look, rather just make hurry up and get it done. But what should really be considered by those planning the design is how it becomes a bridge between this project and downtown—there has to be some connection in terms of look and feel.
The City is proposing to increase the travel lanes from two lanes in each direction to three lanes in each direction, add a raised median that would separate the eastbound and westbound lanes, and incorporate 8-foot-wide shoulders to accommodate a Class II bike lane. The project’s purpose is to improve the level of service through the corridor and enhance the safety of drivers and pedestrians along Main Street. The project will utilize local funds to accommodate future traffic growth as planned for in the
Should you not be able to attend the meeting, but wish to submit comments on the IS/ND, please do so no later than January 5, 2012. All comments will be part of the public record.
A public meeting for this project will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 3231 Main Street, Oakley.
City of Oakley
Public Works and Engineering Department
3231 Main Street
Oakley, California 94561
Caltrans Office of Environmental Analysis
111 Grand Avenue
Oakland, California 94612