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Encinal Avenue 2.0 Part 2

Bear’s-Eye View of Alameda for July 2, 2023

This week, I continued to take my walks along Encinal Avenue, so I could focus on how the crew would deal with the Broadway and Park Street intersections. After all, none of us wants to be inconvenienced by a pesky repaving project, right?

I started out my early morning walk at Broadway. The crew had already ground off the asphalt and started repaving the road. Nothing new in the process that I described last week, except I was around when the truck carrying the hot asphalt arrived, so I was able to see the actual process. Check out the hoppers opening up!

Alameda Post - Bear's Eye View of Alameda for July 2, 2023 - hopper opening and dispensing asphalt on the road bed.

Since I missed the grinding on Broadway, my other walks concentrated on the Park Street intersection so I wouldn’t miss any of the action. I watched it for two days, and while to me it looked like organized chaos, I do have to admit it all got done.

Alameda Post - Bear's Eye View of Alameda for July 2, 2023 - grinding and removing the intersection of Park Street and Encinal Avenue.

By the time Friday rolled around, the entire project area had been completely repaved and the yellow and white lane markers were installed. I am assuming that the folks will not be back until Wednesday, but I will be out Monday morning to report on any striping that might get done.

There is no doubt that the traffic using Encinal Avenue or any of these major intersections were impacted by this paving project, but there were other off-site impacts as well. All these heavy trucks used smaller side streets like Chestnut Avenue to get around as did the street sweepers. if you lived anywhere around Sherman Street and Central Avenue, there was no parking because all these machines were parked there overnight.

Alameda Post - Bear's Eye View of Alameda for July 2, 2023 - Central Avenue closed for the July 4th Parade

In other news on the street, the City has marked the parade route with NO PARKING signs, and the barricades are staged at all the major intersections. I also have included a copy of the notice that the City sent out to residents in my video below.

Not sure if or how I will be able to watch the parade given my reactive nature, but I am going to try. Please be safe and remember that all these booms really upset us canines. I wish folks would not use fireworks, but I know that request will fall on deaf ears.

Here’s the video of my walks this week:

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July celebration!

Bear's paws

Mouf, Roving Reporter
Bear’s-Eye View of Alameda

Mouf and his human companion can be reached via [email protected]. Their stories are collected at All photos by Jeff Cambra.

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