Over the next year, the project team will submit required federal environmental documents, finalize the design, conduct right-of-way acquisition, and seek construction funding for the project.


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.


  • 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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