Starting Friday, May 1 and continuing through late June, parking along the west side of Lakeshore Avenue at Lake Merritt will be severely restricted while the contractor demolishes the sidewalk and replaces it with a new multipurpose pathway.
It’s one of many improvements to the lake that Oakland voters were promised when in 2002 they approved Measure DD, the $198 million Trust for Clean Water and Safe Parks bond.
The sidewalk work will be done in stages from E. 18th to El Embarcadero. By Wednesday, May 6, the entire length should fenced off and no parking will be allowed on the west side of the street.
The good news? Joggers and walkers will be able to use the new shoreline path, although access points will be limited the Pergola and the E. 18th Pier and a couple of other spots. Also, the city is suspending street cleaning on the east side of the street during the construction.
For more information, contact Lyle Oehler, the city’s capital improvement project coordinator at 238-3389.