30 Jun HSIP Safety Grant Investigation (City of Oakland)
As part of our role in providing traffic engineering technical assistance to the City of Oakland, W-Trans evaluated four corridors to determine if any had a history of safety issues which would warrant a grant application for the Caltrans 2015 HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Program) cycle. Initial screening included field observations of existing conditions, verification of the collision rates for the four corridors and identification of safety hot spots. Countermeasures included in the HSIP Grant program were investigated and the Benefit/Cost ratio determined using the SafeTREC TIMS Benefit/Cost (B/C) Calculation Tool. After initial assessment and discussions with City staff, efforts focused on one of the corridors which may benefit from a Road Diet with added bike lanes and enhanced pedestrian crossings. Because of the potential local issues and need to conduct a public outreach process, staff along with W-Trans decided not to pursue the HSIP grant during this cycle. Instead, the potential alternatives developed by W-Trans during this initial screening will be brought forward to the public to gauge their level of acceptance.