Kudos go out to Brenda D’Amico, of Black Bear Diner, for speaking out on behalf of Oakley and it’s downtown business’s by requesting a road sign be placed alongside Highway 4/160 to lead drivers to downtown Oakley.
What I love about this is you have a restaurant who not only provides a fabulous meal and service, but you have an owner who is passionate about Oakley and its well being. Having heard her speak on Tuesday, you could feel the passion in her voice as she wants to make sure traffic continues downtown. I thought it would be important to share that she is out there speaking up on your behalf. I salute you Ms. D’Amico!
Here is a portion of the article that relates to Oakley from the article in the Contra Costa Times this morning.
POINTING THE WAY: What’s in a road sign? Potential customers, if you have a business in downtown Oakley, says Brenda D’Amico, who runs a Main Street diner with her husband and is bothered about the disappearance of a sign along eastbound Highway 4.
Once located just before the state route splits off toward Highway 160 and Oakley’s Main Street, the sign was removed by Caltrans during its realignment of Highway 4.
“We have nothing that tells any drivers where downtown Oakley is,” said D’Amico, who worries that State Route 4, formerly known as the Highway 4 bypass, might be living up to its old name in more ways than one as motorists unfamiliar with the area whiz by the turnoff.
Taking the second eastbound exit to Laurel Road is a less obvious way of reaching downtown, D’Amico said, noting that people must pass blocks upon blocks of residential neighborhoods before reaching Oakley’s commercial district.
But not for much longer.
Oakley’s City Council last week agreed to ask Caltrans to replace the signs it removed.
The agency will order a replacement ground-mounted sign with the words “Downtown Oakley, Use 160” at a cost of about $2,000, said Caltrans Office of Traffic’s Roland Au-Yeung, who’s in charge of the area’s road signs.
Although he said there haven’t been any studies on how much difference directional signs like this make, Au-Yeung says it can’t hurt.
“Let’s put it this way — I don’t see any negative,” he said.