Appended below are the Splash Pad News comments received to date in response to our March 1 article regarding the proposed demolition of the pedestrian overcrossing between Santa Clara and MacArthur and the options that are under consideration for its replacement.
The following comments were received after posting a link to the aforementioned article on the Oakland Now Facebook page:
I’ve never seen anyone use this crossover. It seems like a low traffic area even with the school.
It could be prettier but it’s a much safer alternative for pedestrians than crossing the road directly.
Connie ConCon Yee
We need to ask CT to design something more attractive that ties the neighborhood together. This is just a plain Jane POC. It can be done.
I have to admit I used to use it regularly when my Grandmother lived on Van Buren at MacArthur. This was years ago and a lot of folks used it. Surprised it’s not used more. Come on! That’s the safest and quickest way to get to the other side.
Joel No-Pasarán Tena
But where will folks hang their “G☭P” signs?
If CalTrans would maintain their facilities and the stuff under the overpasses I would be a lot more sympathetic. I do use this POC but am appalled about the lack of care for Oakland’s many freeway-uglified fencelines, underpass sidewalks, miscellaneous embankments, and overcrossings. It seems like it’s always easy to come up with capital money (a lot of it is federal) but the maintenance follow-through is weak
No. It is a good way to avoid traffic and red light runners.
F Matt Hummel
the walkway connects upper Adams Point to Grand Lake
IF CAL-TRANS IS DOING THE WORK..DON’T WORRY IT WILL TAKE 20 YRS TO TEAR DOWN
I actually use it quite a bit on my runs, but it is nasty, never cleaned, never maintained, littered with trash and garbage and people’s stolen mail. So if no one is willing to maintain it, then it should go. Unfortunately.