Over the next year, the project team will submit required regulatory documents, finalize the design, conduct right-of-way acquisition, and seek construction funding for the project.
August 2017 Update: The DESIGN page has been updated to include the Design Guidelines for the Lake Merritt to Bay Trail (LM2BT) Project. See Design Guidelines. In addition, the DESIGN page includes links to the environmental clearance documents for the project. See CEQA documents.
The Lake Merritt to Bay Trail (LM2BT) Connection will close a key gap in the regional pedestrian and bicycle transportation network. Since project inception in 2014, the project team, in collaboration with the City of Oakland, local agencies, and community stakeholders, have selected and refined a preferred location and layout for the bridge. Starting at the Lake Merritt Channel trail near 7th Street, the S-shaped bridge will thread under the I-880 freeway, and cross Lake Merritt Channel twice before flying over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and the Embarcadero roadway. See Plans and Sections.
The LM2BT project will provide a safe, grade-separated, ADA accessible route that will connect two important trail systems and waterways in Oakland - the Lake Merritt / Channel trails, and the San Francisco Bay Trail system. The project will improve transportation and recreation options for people of all ages and abilities, as well as link neighborhoods and destinations such as transit stations, Jack London Square, Chinatown, Brooklyn Basin, and the Oakland Estuary. See Origins and Destinations.
On July 20, 2007, the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was published for the Measure DD Implementation Project, which includes the LM2BT project in the Measure DD list of Lake Merritt and Lake Merritt Channel Improvements. Following public review, comments, and a public hearing, the City of Oakland adopted the Final EIR on February 13, 2008. An addendum to the Measure DD EIR for the LM2BT project was filed on March 1, 2016, and accepted by the California Transportation Commission on May 19, 2016. See CEQA documents.
- Improve safety and accessibility for all types of non-motorized users.
- Improve connectivity by providing an efficient, inviting link to local destinations.
- Attract and accommodate a greater volume of pedestrian and bicycle users.
- Promote healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment.
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