A bold vision to reconnect Oakland neighborhoods into the fabric of the City and reposition Oakland as the transportation hub for the Bay Area region. At the heart of ConnectOakland is the transformation of the Interstate 980 freeway into a boulevard. Similar to the relocation of the Cypress Freeway after the Loma Prieta earthquake, the transformation of I-980 will reintegrate West Oakland and its residents back into the fabric of the City of Oakland and mend an enduring wound that severed – both literally and figuratively – one of Oakland’s most historic neighborhoods from the City as a whole. The transformation of I-980 will also create new public land for housing, jobs, and open space, and can serve as a catalyst for future transportation connections throughout the region.
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