Various community-enhancement projects are moving forward in Oakley, according to a recently released report.

These projects include the new recreation center at the old Moura Property on O’Hara Avenue, which should be completed in March; several planned Laurel Road improvements; and a new San Joaquin Joint Power Authorities train station platform.

“There is a lot going on,” said Oakley Mayor Claire Alaura.

Crews are currently finishing up the recreation center’s landscaping and other outdoor elements along with interior components in anticipation of completion at the end of March, said Public Works Director Kevin Rohani.

The 9,000-square-foot center is expected to include a large multipurpose room with a dividing partition, kitchen, stage, meeting and office rooms, and a turf field.

“If you have driven along O’Hara, it’s really taken shape,” Rohani said. “We are in the home stretch of the project.”

On the heels of that project are several planned Laurel Road improvements, city officials said.

That work calls for the Laurel Road and Rose Avenue intersection to be widened and signalized, a portion of Laurel Road from Rose Avenue to Mellowood Drive widened, and a segment from Mellowood Drive to Main Street reconstructed.

The heavily trafficked Laurel Road and Rose Avenue intersection currently operates as a four-way stop – which is not ideal – with one lane of traffic in each direction, while the Laurel Road segment between Rose Avenue and Mellowood Drive is a narrow, two-lane road struggling to accommodate the community’s traffic demands, Rohani said.

The third planned Laurel Road improvement, from Mellowood Drive to Main Street, takes care of an area that has required frequent and costly repairs in recent years and needs to be redone.

Work is expected to begin on the Rose to Mellowood portion at the end of January, with the intersection improvements scheduled to begin in March and the Mellowood to Main Street section in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

The combined projects will cost $5,975,000, paid with transportation impact fees garnered from developers to offset new development impacts.

“If not today, then some time in the very near future, Laurel Road will carry more traffic than any other road in Oakley,” said Oakley City Councilman Kevin Romick. 

Plans for a downtown San Joaquin Joint Power Authorities train station platform, parking lot and plaza are also on track, city officials said.

The grant-funded platform station will be situated north of Main Street, between Second Street and O’Hara Avenue.

An associated plaza expected to be used for civic events and an over 300-space parking lot will also be built nearby.

The city will be responsible for funding the roadway design and construction, parking lot and public infrastructure adjacent to the platform station.

The undisclosed costs of that work are expected to be included in the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget, according to city documents. 

Other city projects on the horizon include an entrepreneur center, opening in the upper level of 3330 Main Street; senior center renovations in spring; and summer plans to add an athletic field to Nunn-Wilson Park.

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