Friday, November 30, 2018

Oakland Weighs Truck Plan

By Karen Robes Meeks

Oakland port and city officials are asking residents to consider a proposed plan to lessen the effects of trucks on local streets.

The 38-page draft West Oakland Truck Management Plan, which would be enacted quickly after adoption, seeks to lower truck traffic and parking disruptions in West Oakland – the neighborhood nearest the port. It would also make designated truck routes safer and provide truckers with preferred routes and parking restriction awareness. The complete rollout is expected to take five years.

“When the plan is implemented, the community should experience fewer trucks driving or parking in residential areas,” said City of Oakland Planner Patricia McGowan.

The plan includes new signage, pedestrian safety zones, new parking rules and more stringent parking enforcement for trucks.

“We’ve listened intently to community concerns about truck traffic in Oakland,” said Port Environmental Planner Andrea Gardner. “And the community has helped us develop a plan that will make life measurably better for our residential neighbors.”

Comments will be accepted until Jan. 4, 2019.