7th Street Connection Project

Reconnecting West Oakland and Downtown for people walking, biking, and taking the bus



PROJECT UPDATE: On 2/8/21, CalTrans staff recommended the 7th Street Connection Project for $14.1M in Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds! Additional community engagement and design along the corridor will start once the funds are awarded in late-2021.

In the early 1900s, 7th Street was the center of Black jazz and blues culture in the Bay area – lined with supper clubs and bisected by a streetcar line leading to the Oakland Mole freight and ferry terminal. Since then, 7th Street has seen decades of upheaval by large infrastructure and industrial projects, namely the overhead BART trackway, the Cypress Freeway, and the development of the Port of Oakland. The City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) is excited to speak with the community about the opportunity to re-imagine 7th Street as both a great street for getting around and as a place for reflecting on the history of West Oakland.

7th Street from Mandela to Market Street is part of the City's Measure KK-funded 3-year paving program. As part of this paving project OakDOT will upgrade the striping on the roadway to install buffered bike lanes as called for by the West Oakland Specific Plan and the “Let’s Bike Oakland” 2019 Bike Plan.

OakDOT's Planning and Project Development Team is very pleased to announce that the 7th Street Connection Project was recommended to receive $14.1M in State funding for construction. This will allow OakDOT to go above and beyond what was planned as part of repaving. With this successful application for grant funding, the next step will be continued outreach to the community to refine the conceptual design into a construction-ready package. OakDOT will be in touch with the community later in 2021 with updates on outreach and project schedule. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email Charlie Ream at CReam@oaklandca.gov.

Project Goals:

  1. Reconnect West Oakland and Downtown with upgraded facilities for people walking, biking, and taking the bus
  2. Reflect the and highlight the rich history of 7th Street
  3. Improve the pedestrian experience on 7th Street with safe crossings and accessible, well-lit sidewalks
  4. Provide a protected space for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bike between West Oakland and Downtown Oakland
  5. Increase transit reliability
  6. Improve the flow of large vehicles - including trucks - to reduce idling and emissions
  7. Create a beautiful street that improves air quality and provides green space

Corridor improvements may include:

  • Shortening pedestrian crossings and installing other crosswalk improvements
  • Providing an all-ages bicycling connection to Downtown that is fully separated from vehicle traffic
  • Upgrading traffic signals
  • Planting maximum carbon and PM-capturing street trees and landscaping
  • Working with the community to provide artistic, cultural, and place-making elements

OakDOT is conducting outreach in the West Oakland Community! List of past/planned meetings:

  • July 9, 2020 - Meeting with As-Salam Mosque
  • July 20, 2020 - Presentation to the Howard Terminal CBA Working Group, Transportation Cohort
  • July 29, 2020 - Presentation to the West Oakland Community Action Plan, Transit/Bike/Walk Subcommittee
  • August 3, 2020 - Presentation to the Oak Center Neighborhood Association
  • August 6, 2020 - Presentation to the OPD Beat 2X/5X NCPC group
  • August 13, 2020 - Presentation to the Prescott/S Prescott Neighborhood Association
  • August 20, 2020 - Presentation to the West Oakland Neighbors Association

If you would like to schedule a small-group online presentation/Q&A, please email CReam@oaklandca.gov



Map showing the location of the 7th Street Connection Project on 7th Street from Mandela Parkway to Martin Luther King Jr Way7th Street Connection Project


Oakland City Council adopts 2019 Oakland Bike Plan
July 2019
BAAQMD adopts West Oakland Community Action Plan
October 2019
City hosts Howard Terminal outreach meetings
January 2020
OakDOT outreach meetings (see at left for details)
Summer 2020
Recommended for $14.1M in State funding
February 2021