Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Oakland to Address Truck Traffic

By Karen Robes Meeks

On Friday, the Port of Oakland moved forward with a five-year plan to address truck traffic when it endorsed the West Oakland Truck Management Plan.

The plan, created jointly by the city of Oakland and the port, is designed to divert big rigs from neighborhoods and limit truck parking close to neighborhoods.

“We listened closely to the West Oakland community to understand their concerns about truck traffic,” said City of Oakland Planner Patricia McGowan. “Then we collaborated with them to shape a plan that addresses those concerns.”

Ten strategies will be implemented over the next five years, including safety upgrades at key West Oakland intersections near the port; updating designated truck routes and signage; and stricter parking enforcement with a potential increase in fines.

“It is the port’s responsibility to be a good neighbor in Oakland,” said Port Environmental Planner Andrea Gardner, who helped develop the proposal. “With this plan, we’re keeping our promise to minimize the impact of containerized cargo transportation in Oakland,” she added.