Oakley must resolve Laurel and O’Hara. The traffic bottleneck at the intersection is untenable. Laurel has extended West beyond the 160 and thus increased the traffic flow on Laurel. In my perception, the bottleneck is unsafe for the community and a liability for the City.
I have asked several times from the dais to seek eminent domain to purchase the property to expand Laurel. Yet, the City Manager, Josh McMurray, has not placed the item on the agenda. I think some council members oppose taking the property at the intersection to facilitate the widening of Laurel, which would enhance the safety of everyone in our community.
Oakley will elect two new council members for Oakley on November 8, 2022. Now would be the time to learn which candidate(s) favor expanding Laurel at the intersection, using eminent domain to purchase the property.
George Fuller, MPA, MA City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA