City of Oakland | The city is preparing for large crowds visiting the lake…

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July 1, 2022

Oakland, California – With large crowds expected at Lake Merritt on July 3-4 for the July 4 holiday weekend, the City of Oakland will be implementing temporary safety measures where many will gather to enjoy the festivities. Locations will also include Grizzly Peak, where people gather for a great view of the Bay Area fireworks on July 4.

At Lake Merritt, on weekends and summer holidays, traffic and parking congestion along the narrow Lakeshore Avenue remains a safety priority. Hazardous conditions can arise when cars are parked two or three times from MacArthur Blvd. to 18th Ave. E., creating major traffic congestion and, of most concern, preventing access for emergency vehicles like trucks firefighters and ambulances. This is often the result of too many cars in too little space; temporary street closures are established to help provide needed emergency services to people at or around the lake as quickly as possible.

4th of July weekend:

July 3-4 Road closures at Lake Merritt and Grizzly Peak

On Sunday, July 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday, July 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the following road restrictions will be in effect:

Lakeside Avenue

  • Closed between MacArthur Boulevard and East 18th Street.
  • The Lakeshore Ave exit. at 580 West will be closed. The Grand Ave exit. will remain open.
  • No parking will be allowed.
  • The following streets will be closed to Lakeshore Ave: Beacon St., Boden Way, Brooklyn Ave., Wayne Ave. and Hanover Ave.

El Embarcadero—Closed

Grand Avenue

  • Closed between Macarthur Blvd. and Bellevue Avenue (east)
  • No parking will be allowed.
  • Bellevue Avenue and its cross streets will be closed to Perkins Avenue to non-residents. Bellevue will be open from Grand to Perkins to allow access to this car park and to Fairyland visitors. These closures and restrictions will improve road safety and provide better access for park visitors, cyclists and pedestrians around this narrow section of Lake Merritt. They will also allow emergency vehicle access should the need arise.

Grizzly Peak: Road Closures in Very High Fire Risk Severity Zone

Oakland Fire and Police Departments continue to work in partnership with neighboring jurisdictions on actions to mitigate fire risk in the Very High Fire Severity Zone and throughout the city during the 4 July.

In response to significant regional concerns regarding fire safety and emergency vehicle access, Grizzly Peak Blvd. between Skyline Blvd. and Centennial Dr. will be closed to vehicular traffic along the following routes from 6:00 p.m. July 3 to 5:00 a.m. July 5. Additionally, the following intersections will have electronic signage and personnel on site to prevent through traffic from entering:

  • Grizzly Peak / Centennial Drive
  • Grizzly Peak / S Park Drive
  • Grizzly Peak / Lomas Cantada
  • Grizzly Peak / Claremont
  • Grizzly Peak / Skyline

The City of Oakland is coordinating with the City of Berkeley, East Bay Regional Parks, UC Berkeley, Moraga/Orinda Fire, Alameda County, Cal Fire and Caltrans regarding the closure.

This corridor has been closed on the 4th of July for the past three years with great success. There have been no confirmed fires and crowds and illegal parking have been greatly reduced at viewpoints, allowing first responders to move efficiently along the ridgeline to respond to 911 calls.

Additionally, the City of Berkeley will close Panoramic Drive on July 4 at Prospect St. to nonresidents from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Full size maps are available online at https://www.oaklandca.gov/news/2022/city-of-oakland-prepares-to-support-large-crowds-visiting-lake-merritt-for-juneteenth- fourth- weekends-of-july

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