We’re racing to the finish, to complete several road and park construction projects before the official rainy season. Oakland Public Works has been doing surprisingly well, finishing work at Shepherd Canyon Park, Montclair Park and Skyline Boulevard.
At Shepherd Canyon Park, the parking lot has been completed already. This lot should improve safety for everyone driving by the park. It’s built with water-permeable materials, since the canyon has flooding issues. There will be a dedication sometime soon.
On the other hand, the Shepherd Canyon Road sink holes may re-appear this season. Nearly $1 million had been approved to replace the ancient storm drainage pipes that cause the problem. However the fixes have not been funded or scheduled yet, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed about future floods.
Down the hill, the improvements to Montclair Park paths will be done this month. The remaining tasks include pouring concrete as well as installing fencing, drainage and handrails. Montclair SIC plans several beautification efforts ahead, including daffodil plantings on November 15th.
Since late September, Skyline Boulevard has been shuttered to make permanent repairs caused by last winter’s storms. We’ve been blocked from Berkeley, the parks and tunnel detour since then, waiting for Oakland Public Works to re-open the road by early December.
It turns out Public Works has made rapid progress on Skyline. This weekend, local realtor Laurel Strand declared “whoopee!” in the Montclair Yahoo group, sharing that “Skyline Blvd at Snake to Grizzly Peak Road repair is finished! We can now travel over the tunnel to Orinda.”
Even with the city’s budget crunch, we seem to be plowing through the projects scheduled before the winter storms. That’s important because Oakland Public Works will undoubtedly be responding to the storms, floods and other winter travails soon.