Our Upcoming Events
Latham Square Project
Latham Square is a prominent and architecturally important intersection in the City of Oakland:
- Located at the intersection of two of the most significant streets in Oakland (Telegraph Avenue & Broadway)
- Gateway to the emerging Uptown neighborhood and entertainment district
- Historically significant role in transit history as the hub of major transit lines connecting Richmond and Berkeley
- Flanked by the Rotunda and Cathedral buildings, two of the best local examples of early 20th century architecture
- History Boards: See Latham Square through the ages!
Traffic and Construction Updates
Final design for the plaza has been completed and the construction contract for this work was awarded by the City Council on March 17, 2015. Click here to see the Site Rendering. Oakland Public Works (OPW) has contracted McGuire and Hester, Inc. to construct the Latham Square Streetscape Improvements (Project). The streetscape construction began May 18, 2015 and it is estimated to extend through winter 2015. Click here to read the Construction Announcement Letter.
The City will make every effort to minimize inconveniences. Should you have any questions concerning the construction of this project, please contact Alan Chiang, City of Oakland Resident Engineer, at (510) 238-2299. In case of an emergency after normal business hours, please call (510) 615-5566. For overall project information, please contact Nick Cartagena, Project Manager, at (510) 238-2139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temporary Construction Traffic Control
During construction, there will be impacts to traffic on both Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. Some phases of construction will require Broadway to be reduced to one lane in each direction of travel. Telegraph Avenue from Broadway to 16th Street will require a one-block closure to vehicles during construction.
The intersection of Telegraph Avenue and 16th Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for approximately twelve days, beginning Monday, August 3rd through approximately Friday, August 14th. The closure is required to install an East Bay MUD water main. Vehicles traveling south on Telegraph Avenue will be detoured onto 17th Street. Delivery Trucks, residents, and emergency vehicles requiring access to 16th Street will be detoured to access it from San Pablo Avenue. 16th Street between Telegraph Avenue and San Pablo Avenue will be closed to all other traffic and curb side parking will be prohibited to allow for local two-way traffic on 16th Street. Notification and detour signs will be in place to help motorists navigate through the area.
Businesses surrounding Latham Square are open during construction. Please support Oakland's local businesses, especially during this construction period. While you are there, be sure to abide by the posted signs and use the designated crosswalks at 14th Street and 17th Street.
July 15, 2015 Update
The vast majority of the demolition work has been completed. The construction activity for the next five to six weeks will primarily consist of underground improvements. As part of the Project, several hundred linear feet of EBMUD water mains that date back to 1894 will be replaced and realigned within the new Broadway roadway. After the EBMUD water main replacement is completed, the remainder of the Project's new storm drain infrastructure will be installed and two unreinforced brick AT&T vaults built in 1905 will be replaced with modern reinforced concrete structures that meet current structural design standards. While the water main, storm drain, and telecommunication improvements are happening, new traffic signal and electrical conduits are being installed throughout the project site.
Once the majority of the underground improvements have been completed, the surface improvements will begin and the new Latham Square will start to take shape.
The Project will reconstruct the Latham Square Plaza and neighboring roadways and intersections. The Project area is Telegraph Avenue from Broadway to 17th Street, Broadway from 14th Street to 17th Street, and 16th Street from Telegraph to San Pablo Avenue. Click here to see Project Area Map. The improvements include expansion of the Latham Square Plaza, improved intersections, traffic signal upgrades, new roadway surfacing, bulbouts, restoration of the historic Latham fountain, informational panels, landscaping, and pedestrian and decorative lighting.
The City has worked closely with local stakeholders on the Latham Square plaza design. Outreach activities included: over 25 individual meetings with local businesses, property owners, residents and other stakeholders; public presentations to the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and Oakland Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee; and five community meetings. The feedback gathered from the outreach and the pilot plaza (see below) played a critical role in the design of the permanent plaza.
- In 2007, the City Council approved a new intersection configuration/design at Broadway & Telegraph Avenue, and Telegraph from 15th Street to 20th Street. See the Inner Telegraph Concept Design.
- In 2008, the City received a $9.9 million Proposition 1C state grant for streetscape improvements in the downtown/uptown areas.
- In August of 2012, the City began exploring ways to improve and expand Latham Square. This resulted in the idea of a “pilot” project (see below).
- A community design workshop for the Pilot Plaza was held on February 23, 2013.
- In May of 2013, the City Council approved the Pilot Plaza.
- In June of 2013, the conceptual phase of the new re-design of Latham square began.
- Pilot Plaza opening was held August 16, 2013.
- Community Meeting #1 was held September 14, 2013.
- The first Plaza PopUpHood event was held October 12, 2013.
- Community Meeting #2 was held November 20, 2013.
- City Council Meeting was held on January 7, 2013 and approved preliminary design.
- Community Meeting #3 was held January 30, 2014.
- Community Meeting #4 was held May 8, 2014.
- Community Meeting #5 was held June 12, 2014.
- A Tree Removal Permit Application was approved on August 19, 2014 for seven trees that will be removed and replaced by 14 trees.
- In March of 2015, the City Council awarded the Latham Square Streetscape Improvements construction contract. See the Site Rendering.
Summary of Permanent Latham Square Plaza Project Community Meetings
Permanent Latham Square Plaza Project
- Enhancing existing and attracting new business
- Designing roadways and intersections with all modes and safety in mind
- Creating a larger functional plaza space for daily use and special events
- Highlighting and restoring the Latham Square fountain
- Incorporating the latest in storm water systems design
- Retaining and improving on the existing landscaping and trees as well as the important historical aspects of the square
Latham Square Pilot Plaza Project
- Pilot Project Design Details
- Pilot Plaza Legislation (Report, Resolution & Videos)
- Pilot Project Introductory Presentation
- Stakeholder Design Meeting Presentation
- See the Downtown Oakland Association's Latham Square website for information on programmed events
For more information or questions, please contact:
Nick Cartagena, P.E.
Oakland Public Works, Bureau of Engineering & Construction
Transportation Planning & Funding
TTY: (510) 238-3254