Demise of the World's Shortest Freeway - Groundbreaking Ceremony

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Bring your bicycle out in front of 1200 Lakeshore Avenue at 2PM, Thursday, May 6, to help us celebrate the groundbreaking for a major improvement for bicyclists in Oakland.

In 2002, EBBC was one of many organizations supporting passage of Oakland’s Measure DD. The $198 million bond issue was passed overwhelmingly by voters. The money raised by the bonds was to be used on a variety of projects, including recreational facilities, bike/ped facilities, creek preservation, and major improvements to Lake Merritt. The largest single Measure DD project was the replacement of the “world’s shortest freeway” across the 12th Street Dam with more bike/ped friendly city streets.

Those who currently ride across the 12th Street dam are undoubtedly familiar with the temporary bike lane, created by isolating the lane closest to the lake with colorful orange barriers. Now, after many delays, that inadequate temporary lane will be replaced, beginning with the groundbreaking ceremony on May 6. Not only will the construction result in navigable city streets with crosswalks and traffic signals, but also substantial new open space will be added to the shores of Lake Merritt. Further, the channel between the lake and the estuary will be improved for access by canoes and kayaks, and there will be bike/ped paths along both sides of the channel. See the following .pdf for an illustration of the completed project.

Completion of the new 12th Street will complement other Measure DD project around Lake Merritt, including the new bike lanes on Lakeshore Avenue, renovation of the municipal boat house (The Lake Chalet), and renovation of the 18th Street pier.

For additional event information, check out the flier at: 12th Street Reconstruction Groundbreaking.

And go here for additional Historical Information..

PDF icon 12th Street Dam Project Illustration Image icon shortestFreeway.jpg