TELL US: What are the worst roads in Oakland?

on September 28, 2010

According to last Wednesday’s study by the non-profit organization TRIP (The Road Information Program), Oakland’s roads are the fifth-worst in the nation.

Based on your driving experience, what are the worst roads in North Oakland?  Email us your nomination for the most pothole-ridden, least safe, or otherwise decrepit public street in North Oakland.

Send the coordinates, and any tales of damages or mayhem to carl.nasman@oaklandnorth.net and let us know if you’d be willing to speak with us for our story.

9 Comments

  1. Cynthia Gorney on September 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Bikers’ hell: 1) Broadway running through Kaiser construction; 2) College Ave in front of Rockridge BART station. (Bumps, potholes, ruts, you name it.) Will think of more soon!



  2. Jeffrey on September 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Does the Nimitz count? That is just about the worst anything ever.



  3. Jason on September 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Telegraph between 43rd and 48th is pretty rough on a bike as well.



  4. A on September 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Telegraph between 51st and Aileen is even worse than between 43rd and 48th. On both sides of the street, right where a bike would want to be, there are long stretches of several inch deep potholes. No fun at all.



  5. Lexica on September 29, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Bicyclist hell:
    – Lakeshore where it goes under 580, by the MLK mural.
    – 14th Street between Market and Brush.
    – Foothill from 14th Ave to the lake.
    – E. 18th Street from 14th Ave to the lake.
    – 12th Street at Broadway.

    I know there are more that aren’t coming immediately to mind…



  6. Evan Kl on September 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Broadway between 51st and W. MacArthur, and Telegraph between Aileen and 51st are the bane of my bicycling existence.



  7. East Lake Rider on October 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    More biking hell (and not just because of potholes):

    -13th Ave from MacArthur to E 24th St
    -Lakeside-Harrison after the end of the bike lane
    -Grand Ave from El Embarcadero to under I-580
    -I second E 18th St
    -Jackson St from 17th to 14th

    I don’t know about bad roads to drive on since I don’t drive much.



  8. leanne on October 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    56th Street, between San Pablo and Lowell…huge pot holes and speed bumps.



  9. Robert on October 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Interesting that most of the respondents so far are referring to their experiences while biking, as there is no travel mode specified in the original post. However, as a daily biker myself I can see how cyclists would be much more in tune with the pavement quality, and I know that I personally avoid biking on some streets altogether (I’m looking at you Telegraph) because of it.

    All of the streets mentioned already are indeed pretty bad, and I would also add the popular bike routes on Genoa St and Chabot Rd to the list.



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