As many neighbors know, this fall Glenview students will be traveling by school bus from to their interim home at OUSD’s Santa Fe Elementary campus in North Oakland. OUSD staff has been working in collaboration with the City of Oakland to ensure that the Glenview neighborhood bus stop – located at Edna Brewer Middle School – is ready for the additional students and traffic when school starts.
Following meetings with the Edna Brewer and Glenview communities in May, District staff, transportation engineers, and City staff have been finalizing plans for a road diet and other improvements on Beaumont Avenue (between Park Boulevard and Excelsior Boulevard) and around the Edna Brewer campus. Among the improvements community members can expect to see implemented before August 22nd. UPDATE: The work will be staged to minimize disruption to traffic on Beaumont. The upgrades are not expected to be completed by September 4th. OUSD has worked to developed an interim boarding plan for students that will ensure safety.
- Restriping of Beaumont between Park Boulevard and Excelsior Avenue to reduce travel lanes from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction. This type of “road diet” typically results in slower travel speeds for vehicles and fewer accidents for crossing traffic and pedestrians. For a close up look of the plans that will be implemented, click here.
- Changes to street parking to ensure space for safe student drop off and pick up. As part of this effort, OUSD staff are also recommending the city restrict parking at the corner of Park and Beaumont to improve sight lines for pedestrians and drivers.
- Installation of a sidewalk “bulb out” on Beaumont at East 38th to increase sidewalk width for the length of at least two school buses to ensure safe student loading.
- Installation of fencing and a shade structure on Edna Brewer’s upper yard to provide comfortable and secure space for Glenview students waiting for the bus.
When school starts, OUSD will also be providing additional crossing guards (to supplement those already provided for Edna Brewer students) at the corners of Beaumont and East 38th and Beaumont and Park Boulevard.
In addition, staff of Councilmember Gallo’s office is working with the Glenview Neighborhood Association (GNA) to schedule a work day for pruning back median strip plantings to ensure clear site lines for drivers and pedestrians.
To support the continuing improvements around Edna Brewer, and throughout the Glenview neighborhood, OUSD will also be sharing with City staff a letter thanking them for their cooperation in this process and affirming OUSD’s support of ongoing improvements to Park Boulevard as suggested by neighbors. Improvements to Park Boulevard are in the interest of both neighbor and student safety.