Posted on: April 12, 2018

The Scoop: Week of April 16th


Maintenance Activities:

  • Repair asphalt at Llagas and Old Monterey Road.
  • Continue repairing potholes throughout City
  • Weed abatement along streets, Community Park and Diana Park
  • Repair signs throughout the City

Major Projects:

  • Removal of Trees Along Murphy Avenue Adjacent to Outdoor Sports Center: The City of Morgan Hill has contracted with the San Jose Conservation Corps to remove dead and poorly planted pine trees under the PG & E power lines along Murphy Avenue adjacent to the Outdoor Sports Center (OSC). The trees will be removed beginning on Monday, March 26, 2018 and will take fifteen (15) working days to complete. Murphy Avenue will be closed intermittently while the trees are being removed. All removed trees will be replaced this fall. The replacement trees will be funded by both PG & E and a CAL FIRE California Climate Investments grant awarded to the City of Morgan Hill. The selected tree species will provide a safer environment for residents and visitors as well as reduce pollution. For more information please contact Christina Raby at 669-253-4251 or christina.raby@morganhill.ca.gov.
  • Edmundson Pedestrian Crossing at Piazza Way: Contractor will extend the concrete median island at the intersection of Edmundson and Piazza Way. Crew will be installing cobble stone rock in the new median. Crew will have traffic control measures in place Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. Anticipated completion is May 4th.
  • Nob Hill Trail Park Slide Repair: The bottom portion of the Rotary Slide at the Nob Hill Trail Park will be closed until late April due to repairs. The top portion of the slide and the remainder of the park are still open. For information or questions please contact Chris Ghione at 408.782.9154.
  • Sunsweet Development: This is a new development consisting of 83 apartments on top of 8,000 sq. ft. of commercial space located on a site on the west side of Depot Street between East Fourth and East Third Streets. Parking for the project will be provided below grade. The contractor will begin off-hauling dirt during excavation for the parking beginning on Monday, April 9th with the anticipated completion in two weeks. This will affect traffic intermittently Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the surrounding area.
  • Downtown Parking Garage:  The top level of the downtown parking garage will be closed until the end of April to allow for the completion of the improvement project that will prevent and deter unauthorized access to the ledges and roof areas within the parking garage. Since the parking garage opened in March 2016, several challenges have arisen from inappropriate uses and activities occurring in the structure. These include: youth and adults climbing on the ledges, cars speeding within the structure, skateboarding and bicycling at high rates of speed and loitering on the top floor. The partial closure affects approximately 50 spaces. We would like to remind the entire community to report any inappropriate uses or activities in the parking garage to the Morgan Hill Police Department at (408) 779-2101. If the circumstances constitute an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • Opa!Group Restaurant Complex: The interior of the Willard Hicks and Tac-oh restaurants are scheduled to be completed in April with estimated openings in May.  The Opa! and Mo’s restaurants are slated to open in late May or early June.
  • Main Avenue and Madrone Pipeline Restoration Project: Local groundwater sources supply 100% of Morgan Hill’s drinking water. The Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Main Avenue and Madrone Pipeline Restoration Project will restore existing infrastructure to replenish local groundwater aquifers to meet current and future needs. The project will have three phases. The first phase will occur within the Cochrane Road, East Main Avenue and Half Road public rights-of-way. Construction hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Water District will implement temporary vehicular and pedestrian traffic control to facilitate the safe construction of the project. The public will continue to have access to residential, commercial, agricultural and recreational properties and facilities throughout the project. Expect traffic delays due to construction. During construction of the first phase, use of Peet Road is recommended to bypass construction on Cochrane Road between Half Road and Cochrane Road. Elm Avenue is recommended to bypass construction on Cochrane Road between Half Road and East Main Avenue. For more information, please check the following link: https://www.valleywater.org/project-updates/infrastructure-improvement-projects/main-ave-madrone-pipelines-restoration
  • Tennant and Dunne Sewer Upgrade Project:  The firm Mott MacDonald is currently designing the project with an anticipated start of construction in summer 2018.
  • 2018 Infiltration and Inflow Sewer Rehabilitation Project: The project bid opening was March 29, 2018. The low bidder is Pacific Underground Construction at $691,850. Award of the contract is expected to occur at the April 18, 2018 City Council meeting. Construction is anticipated to start in May 2018. This project repairs sewer piping at ten locations (five locations near Llagas Road and the other five locations in the Holiday/Jackson Oaks area).
  • 25 – First Street Sewer Replacement: This project replaces badly deteriorated sewer piping serving businesses along the west side of Monterey between First Street and Main. The project will go out to bid in May 2018 with construction planned for this summer.
  • Monterey Road Sewer Vault Lining Project at Llagas Creek Crossing: This project repairs and applies a chemically resistant coating to two existing sewer vaults along the east side of Monterey Road. The bid opening occurs on April 12, 2018 with construction planned for this summer.
  • Highland Avenue Sewer Upgrade Project: Construction is complete and the City will be working on closing the contract out in May.
  • Lift Stations J and W Improvement Project: City Council awarded the construction contract on April 4th to Pacific Infrastructure Corporation. The contract is being processed and the anticipated start of construction is May 2018.
  • Depot Station: There is on-going building construction for this new 30-unit residential development with 6,000 square feet of retail space located at 95 E. 3rd Street (northwest corner of Depot & 3rd Streets).
  • Boys Ranch and Jackson Well Rehabilitation Project: Project awarded to Conco-West, Inc. for $1.28 million dollars. Project will bring online, two previously drilled wells to increase the City’s drinking water capacity. The Boys Ranch well and Jackson well are currently undergoing chlorination and initial testing. Both wells should be fully operational in April. For more information please check the following link: http://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/1439/Water-System-Upgrades
  • New Main Avenue Well Project: This project will construct a new building around the recently drilled well and provide the City with approximately 850 gallons per minute of additional drinking water. The construction contract was awarded to Conco West Construction for $1,603,500. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin on May 14, 2018. For more information please check the following link: http://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/1439/Water-System-Upgrades.
  • Hale Avenue Extension Project: City Council certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and adopted the Hale Avenue Plan Line on August 23, 2017. The Hale Avenue Extension Project design is currently being finalized and right of way acquisition with willing sellers has begun. City Council approved three related property purchases thus farStaff is currently negotiating with the remaining owners. Please click on the following link for more information: http://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/Search?searchPhrase=Hale%20Avenue%20Extension%20Project&page=1&perPage=10&departmentId=-1
  • Monterey Sewer Trunk Line to Gilroy Project: The project will extend the existing sewer trunk line from Harding/Highland intersection, along Monterey Road to Renz Road in Gilroy. Design plans have surpassed the 30% level and have been reviewed by the stakeholders. The designs will now be elevated to a 65% completion level. The draft alignment can be found at http://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/1481/Sewer-System-Upgrades
  • Granada Hotel: As part of this project the storm drain on Second Street between Monterey Road and Depot Street will be upgraded. No work scheduled for this week.

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