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[ARCHIVED] The Scoop: Week of May 3, 2021

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Traffic Delays in the Weeks Ahead:

- City of San Jose Monterey Road Pavement Project from Metcalf Road to North of Tilton Avenue

The City of San Jose will be starting a pavement project on Monday, May 3rd on Monterey Road from Metcalf Road to just north of Tilton Avenue.  The project is expected to be completed by Friday, July 9th. The project will be completed in six segments, which will take approximately two weeks each to complete. The first segment will begin at Metcalf Road moving in the southbound direction towards Tilton Avenue. Construction work hours on southbound Monterey Road will be Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

This is a City of San Jose project. The project will remove and replace failing pavement with new asphalt, which will increase its service life. New traffic striping for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian delineation will also be added. For more information and updates please check the City of San Jose website at www.sanjoseca.gov/transportation  If you have questions, please e-mail the City of San Jose Department of Transportation at pavement@sanjoseca.gov or call MCK Services at (925) 957-9200. Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and patience during this pavement project.

- Trail Drive Damage and Repairs

Trail Drive repairs will commence on Monday, May 10th. During a recent water main break an area of the roadway on Trail Drive was damaged due to water moving under the roadway. The area is located near the intersection of Cerro Vista Drive and the entrance to Jackson Park. The roadway has depressions in and lifting of the pavement and repair of the roadway is being planned. Please drive slowly through the area and follow warning signage.  For more information contact Chris Ghione at chris.ghione@morganhill.ca.gov

-Temporary Closure of Sections of Mission View Drive and Eagle View Drive

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 will begin the week of February 1, 2021. For additional information visit: https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/373/Traffic-and-Transportation-Management 

-First Street Closure

The first 100 feet of 1st Street, East of Monterey Road is closed to allow adjacent restaurants to utilize the street to expand their dining areas. This closure is anticipated to last as long as current Covid-19 requirements restrict capacity for indoor dining. For questions or additional information, please contact Hilary Holeman at hilary.holeman@morganhill.ca.gov or 408-310-4656.

-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 to meet the requirements of the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order. 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.

Major Projects:

-Butterfield Linear Park Extension Project

Phase 2 is scheduled to begin March 29, 2021 and continue through August of 2021. This phase includes work between Tennant Avenue and Barret Avenue and includes demolition of the existing curb and gutter, asphalt concrete paving, relocation of curb and gutter, relocation of light pole and traffic light poles, irrigation, backfill, grading and paving of the trail, installing trees, and clean up. This work will require the right lane of northbound Butterfield Boulevard to be closed to traffic during much of this work. 

Phase 3 is scheduled to begin early May of 2021 and continue through August of 2021. This phase includes work between Barret Avenue and San Pedro Avenue and includes demolition of the existing curb and gutter, asphalt concrete paving, relocation of curb and gutter, relocation of light pole and traffic light poles, irrigation, backfill, grading and paving of the trail, installing trees, and clean up. This work will require the right lane of northbound Butterfield Boulevard to be closed to traffic during much of this work. 

Additional information and project updates are available on the City’s website at http://bit.ly/ButterfieldExtensionProject

-Pop-Up Putt-Putt Mini Golf Course in Downtown

The City maintenance team will be installing a temporary putt-putt mini golf course in downtown Morgan Hill just south of the Wells Fargo Bank Building on Monterey Road at Main Avenue.  The course will offer fun for the whole family, and will be centrally located in downtown for easy access to food and entertainment.  It is anticipated to open at the end of May. For updates and more information please visit the City website at https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/1979/Mini-Golf

-East 5th Street Sewer Project
The City of Morgan Hill is planning the replacement and upgrade of a sewer main on East 5th Street between Monterey Road and Depot Street. Once the sewer replacement is completed, the street will also be repaved. This work is tentatively scheduled to begin in July or August of 2021. Residents and/or businesses in the impacted area will receive a notice prior to work beginning. For additional information, visit: https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/2129/East-5th-Street-Sewer-Main-Project

-Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project

SUMMARY: This project is being managed and implemented by Valley Water (formerly known as the “Santa Clara Valley Water District”) 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 replacement of road crossings. 

Phase 1 of the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project began construction in September 2019 and is progressing ahead of schedule. Phase 1 Project work completed to date includes completion of approximately 95% of the channel excavation, construction of the on-site compensatory mitigation, Lake Silveira wetlands, Masten Avenue Bridge concrete underpinning, Monterey Road Bridge concrete lining, installation of rock slope protection, storm drain outfall modifications, removal of concrete rubble, debris and legacy trash, and destruction of monitoring wells, installation of bat boxes and temporary and permanent fencing, removal of 12.5 acres of invasive blackberry at Lake Silveira, and excavation to restore 2,000 linear feet of Llagas Creek from Lake Silveira towards Monterey Highway.

Phase 2A: (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. Bids for Phase 2A were received on March 24th. The apparent low bidder is Flatiron West, Inc. for $44 million dollars. Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2021. Learn more about this project at https://www.valleywater.org/upperllagas

PG & E will be working:

  1. At Del Monte and East Dunne Avenues to relate a gas line in advance of construction.
  2. At the Hale and Main Avenues intersection to relocate a gas line in advance of construction.

-Madrone Channel Trail Project
Phase 1 improvements to the Madrone Channel Trail have been completed. This is the first of a two-phase project to provide a paved trail along Valley Water’s Madrone Water Channel. This trail runs along the east side of Highway 101 for approximately 2.9 miles. The first phase is approximately 1.1 miles and includes a 6-foot-wide paved trail between Cochrane Avenue and Main Avenue. Learn more about this project at https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/485/Capital-Improvement-Program. 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. 

-Magical Bridge Playground in Community Park

Construction on the Magical Bridge Playground in Community Park has begun. A portion of the Community Park trail and parking lot will be closed due to the construction. The contractor has installed fencing around the project site and storage area. Anticipated completion is Summer 2021. For project updates and announcements, please visit www.morganhill.ca.gov/magicalbridge. 

- Third Street Creek Park

Half of the park will be closed until further notice due to review of the health of the large oak tree within the park. Access to the park from Second Street is not available.  For more information contact Chris Ghione at Chris.Ghione@morganhill.ca.gov

- Monterey and Cochrane Road Intersection

Final punch list items being completed.

-Evergreen Village Project

This development project is a new 20.43 acre commercial and retail center located at the southeast corner of Butterfield Boulevard and Cochrane Road. 

- Jackson Well #3 Rehabilitation Project

The Jackson Well #3 has been testing free of bacteria since April 2020. The City has applied to the Water Board for permission to put the well online. 

- Hale Avenue Extension Project (Phase I)

Bids were opened on October 29, 2020, and the apparent low bidder was DeSilva Gates Construction at $14.1M. City Council awarded the construction contract at the November 18, 2020 meeting.  Construction is largely funded by VTA’s Measure B Program ($16.5M). The funding for the project was approved at the June 17, 2020 City Council Meeting. City Council certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and adopted the Hale Avenue Plan Line on August 23, 2017. 

The project will be constructed in two Phases.  This will allow the Valley Water’s Llagas Creek Flood Control project to install underground improvements first. The first phase (Awarded to DeSilva Gates) will construct Hale Avenue between the Spring/Dewitt intersection to Warren Avenue.  The second phase will construct Hale Avenue between Warren Avenue and 300 feet north of the Main/Hale intersection as soon as the Flood Control project improvements are complete. Please find more information.

PROJECT UPDATE

Commencement of construction (Phase I) started on April 5, 2021. Some construction activities, such as soil sampling, potholing, construction signage and erosion control measures started a week earlier. For the week of April 19th-30th, work will include the start of the retaining wall #3 construction and rough grading at Spring and Dewitt Avenues. 

Please respect all construction signage, as it is there for your safety and the safety of the workers.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

- Monterey Sewer Trunk Line to Gilroy Project

The 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 65% completed with final design expected to be complete in mid-2021. Construction of the parallel sewer trunk is currently not funded.

Additional Information Available.

Maintenance Activities:

PARKS & CITY BUILDING GROUNDS

Install pedestrian and bicycle safety signs on Paradise Trails and Wildlife Trail from Edmundson Avenue to Spring Avenue.

STREETS

Hot asphalt repairs on existing utility cuts (various locations).

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