Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the MLK Jr. Way Streetscape Improvements

Posted: June 13th, 2023 3:45 PM

Last Updated: June 13th, 2023 3:54 PM

Questions Answers

How was the scope for this project determined?

The types of improvements delivered through this project were informed by previous community engagement activities for plans and projects that cover the project area. The project team reviewed and summarized input from the 2019 Oakland Bike Plan, Downtown Oakland Specific Plan, Howard Terminal Transportation Plan, and outreach conducted for the MLK Jr. Way Road Diet Project. Based on prior community engagement and recommendations in adopted plans (such as the Bicycle Plan), the project team applied for grant funding to design and construct improvements as part of the MLK Streetscape Improvements.

Will this project include improvements to the I-880 underpass?

Yes, this project will add pedestrian lighting in the I-880 underpass to increase visibility and improve pedestrian safety.

What is the timeline for the project?

Between Summer 2023 and Spring 2023, the project team will be working on designs for the project and conducting community engagement to seek input on the project. Designs for the project are slated to be completed by Spring 2024. Construction is expected to start in 2025.

How will this project impact parking on Martin Luther King Jr. Way?

Parking impacts on Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 2nd and 7th Street are yet to be determined. It depends on the type of bicycle facility that is installed. On-street parking on Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 7th Street and San Pablo Avenue is not expected to change. Some ADA-accessible parking spaces may be added in order to comply with current city standards.

How is this project related to the MLK Jr. Way Road Diet Project?

The MLK Jr. Way Road Diet Project is focused on redesigning Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 7th Street and San Pablo Avenue. One of the major improvements is to convert the street from two travel lanes in each direction to one travel lane and one buffered bike lane in each direction. The street would also be repaved. This project is funded by a grant from the State of California’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. These transportation improvements were funded in conjunction with the construction of 50 new units of affordable housing for seniors at 3268 San Pablo Avenue. Construction for this project is slated to begin by the end of 2024. To learn more about this project, visit

The improvements funded by AHSC would be built first. The MLK Streetscape Improvements would implement improvements in addition to what is being built by the project funded by AHSC. These improvements include new curb ramps, bulb-outs, high-visibility crosswalk markings, new trees, pedestrian lighting under I-880, expansion of the City’s free Wi-Fi network, and replacement of some of the existing sidewalks between 7th and 12th Street.