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Week of
February 26, 2024 

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Road Closures & Project Updates

The Manzanita Park Project will continue the construction of water and sanitary sewer lines along Monterey Road. Night work will be scheduled starting February 25th through March 1st. The construction is expected to continue for a few months. There will be partial lane closures at Monterey Road and Burnett Avenue that may result in traffic delays.

For additional information about the Manzanita Park Project, please visit the City's website at https://www.morganhill.ca.gov/2074/Manzanita-Park

Motive Energy began decommissioning one of two cell towers adjacent to the trail on Monday, December 4th. There will be heavy machinery on site. Intermittent trail closures may occur. Signage will be posted during times of trail closure. Trail users are asked to follow posted signage during construction. The estimate completion is unknown as the contractor is coordinating utilities removal with PGE at the location.

Sidewalk Assessment Survey

A truck with cameras will be on City streets taking images across the City. The City is working on a sidewalk assessment to evaluate sidewalks and pedestrian ramps throughout the City. The project will identify the conditions of existing sidewalks and ramps, and develop a strategy for rehabilitation. As part of this effort, IMS Infrastructure Management Services will conduct field evaluations of sidewalks and pedestrian curb ramps through February 2024. Some of the activities include scanning of the sidewalks with an ATV, measuring walkways and ramps. Additionally, a truck with cameras will be on the roadways taking images of sidewalks across the City. The IMS work will not impact vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

**2023 Inflow and Infiltration Sewer Project

The 2023 Inflow and Infiltration Sewer Project will continue repair work. Crews will be working to complete 2nd Street and Alley Way. Repair work will begin on Eagle View, Monterey Road/Barrett Ave, Cochrane Road, Mission View, and Peet Rd. This annual project repairs sections of the sewer main throughout the city.

Utility Related Roadwork to Occur Throughout Morgan Hill

Frontier Communications continues to upgrade and install new fiber optic communication cables throughout the city. In some cases this work includes cutting into the roadway and sidewalk to place new underground conduit that houses the fiber optic cable. Fiber optic cable is also being installed on existing poles in areas of the City that are served overhead.

Work is occurring in multiple area and may include road closures, lane reductions or crews may be required to briefly stop traffic for repositioning, Please be mindful of 72-hour no parking notices and sidewalk closures associated with the work. You may also see paint markings or small flags of varying colors for utilities in your area. These markings are to indicate the locations of other utility lines in the area, and to ensure that damage and outages do not occur as a result of the work the telecommunications company is doing to update or install their cables. This work should not impact your utility service. Utility companies should be using chalk paint so the markings will remain only temporarily.

Frontier Communications is using the subcontractor Golden State Utility Company for the fiber optic cable installation. Golden State Utility Company will be placing door hangers and no parking notices in neighborhoods prior to the start of work.

For information on the Frontier project and service availability, residents can contact Frontier directly at 877-436-0325 (residential), 877-414-1311 (business), or visit https://www.getfrontierfiber.com for more information. 

Please drive cautiously through construction areas and follow signage for detours. Whenever possible, utilize alternate routes while the work is being completed.

If you have questions or see anything that looks unsafe, please contact the City at engineeringtechs@morganhill.ca.gov 

For immediate safety issues, please call 911.

New Maintenance Services Request Service

The City has a new maintenance services request service! Report a problem or request service such as water leaks, questions concerning water meters, sidewalk repair, tree trimming, graffiti abatement, traffic signal issues, street light outage, illegal dump, storm flooding, backed up culvert, or park maintenance issues using the new SeeClickFix system. Please visit the SeeClickFix website at https://seeclickfix.com or download the SeeClickFix app on your smart phone to create an account today!

The City Engineering Division working with the Police Department intends to modify the intersection at East Dunne Avenue and Gallop Drive/Thomas Grade to improve safety. After conducting a review of the intersection, it has been determined that eliminating left turn movements from Gallop Drive and Thomas Grade onto East Dunne Avenue will increase vehicle safety and has the potential to reduce collisions. Drivers are no longer able to turn left from northbound Gallop Drive onto East Dunne Avenue, and are no longer able to turn left from southbound Thomas Grade onto East Dunne Avenue. There are sufficient alternative routes in the area available for drivers. Informational warning signs will be added to the area prior to construction.

BlueWave Express Carwash Project at Monterey Rd. and Cochrane Rd.

The BlueWave Express Carwash Project, located on the northwest corner of Monterey Road and Cochrane Road intersection, has restarted work along the Monterey Road frontage which involves the installation of new curb, gutter, and sidewalk. 

Busk Development Project

PG & E will continue work along the shoulder on East Dunne and Murphy Avenue. Traffic controls on Murphy Avenue at East Dunne between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Hale Avenue Extension Project

The northern portion of Hale Avenue between Dunne Avenue and Main Avenue will remain closed until Valley Water completes the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection project. Project completion is estimated for February/March 2024, pending no construction delays or issues. 

Please respect all construction signage, as it is there for your safety, and the safety of the workers. Thank you for your patience and understanding. For additional information and updates please visit the project page.

As part of the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project, Valley Water will be working on the Hale Avenue & Main Avenue intersection and a short section of Hale Avenue this summer. The project will be installing box culverts underneath Hale Avenue to eventually help eliminate flooding from existing West Little Llagas Creek throughout Morgan Hill. 

West Main Avenue will remain open throughout this construction.  The Shopping Center at the corner of West Main Avenue and Hale Avenue will remain accessible Updates on the City of Morgan Hill website: Upper Llagas Creek Flood Control Project | City of Morgan Hill, CA - Official Website

Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project – Phase 2A

This project is being managed and implemented by Valley Water to provide flood protection to the Morgan Hill community in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the State to plan, design, and construct improvements along 13.9 miles of channel. The federally authorized preferred project protects the urban area of Morgan Hill from a 1% (or 100-year) flood and reduces the frequency of flooding in surrounding areas. Construction includes channel modifications and the replacement of road crossings.  

Phase 2A: (a portion of Reach 8) Construct approximately 2,300 linear feet of a horseshoe-shaped underground tunnel 14-foot x 10 foot and approximately 1,600 linear feet of 10 ft. x 9 ft. twin Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts (RCBs) upstream and downstream of the proposed tunnel to carry high water flows in Morgan Hill. Low flows will remain within the existing creek that winds through downtown Morgan Hill in Reach 8. Construction is expected to take 2.5 years and will include traffic control, detours, utility coordination and relocation, and public outreach. The construction contract was awarded to Flatiron West, Inc. for $44 million. Learn more about this project at https://www.valleywater.org/upperllagas.

**Flatiron and PG&E have completed the undergrounding of overhead electric lines at the Hale/Main intersection and Warren and Nob Hill Avenues. The box culvert is complete along Hale Avenue. The tunnel work is complete. Work has commenced on Hale Avenue south of Main Avenue to construct the road improvements. Remaining work includes; traffic signal, streetlights, irrigation/planting, and misc. clean up.

The City has elected to temporarily close sections of Mission View Drive and Eagle View Drive to aid in the prevention and enforcement of unsafe use of the streets in this area. Roadway closures began in February 2021 and additional information is available

Edes Art Gallery at Second Street and Monterey Road

The Edes Art Gallery on 2nd Street and Monterey Road in downtown has received building permits and is beginning construction. This is a 2-story, 6,600 SF building for a fine art gallery. Completion is expected in 2024. 

Roadwork Updates 

Downtown Public Spaces

The City of Morgan Hill is working with local businesses in the Downtown to allow business uses, such as restaurants, to expand onto sidewalks, parking spaces and other public spaces. There may be limited traffic control devices and construction work occurring on Monterey Road and adjacent side streets in the Downtown. For information, contact Chris Ghione at chris.ghione@morganhill.ca.gov.

Monterey Sewer Trunk Line to Gilroy Project

This project proposes to construct a new parallel sewer trunk line from the Harding/Highland intersection to Renz Road in Gilroy. Design plans have been reviewed by the stakeholders. The City presented the sewer alignment to the City of Gilroy on Monday, April 29, 2019, and the alignment was approved. The design is 95% completed with final design expected to be complete in Winter 2023. Construction of the parallel sewer trunk is currently not funded. Additional Information Available.

Parks and Trails: Madrone Channel Trail Project

Phase 1 improvements to the Madrone Channel Trail have been completed. Phase 2 improvements will provide a paved trail along Madrone Water Channel from Main Avenue to Tennant Avenue. Currently waiting for encroachment permit from VTA before project bidding and awarding. Learn more about this project at the City's Capital Improvement Program webpage. This project is made possible by Valley Water through the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, MTC Transportation Development Act (TDA) grant and the VTA Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) grant.

**Maintenance Updates