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Posted on: November 7, 2019

The Scoop: Week of November 11, 2019

The Scoop Week of: Nov4th

Tennant Avenue Sewer Main Upgrade Project:

The City’s Tennant Avenue Sewer Main Project is currently underway. This critical infrastructure project is needed to ensure the City’s Sewer System is proactively maintained and that an aging sewer line is replaced and upgraded before failure. This proactive work helps to ensure system reliability and supports public safety and protection of the environment. This project includes the removal of the existing sewer pipe and installation of a new 27-inch sewer pipe, auger bore under the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, temporary sewer bypass system, new manholes and/or manhole modifications, manhole coating, lateral reconnections, traffic control, project clean up and video for quality control. The project will be ongoing for approximately six months.

Upcoming Night Work: 

KJ Woods will be paving at night at the Monterey/Tennant intersection on Sunday November 10th through Tuesday November 12th between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Major traffic control will be necessary at this intersection. Thus, northbound Monterey Road at Tennant Avenue will be closed to thru traffic and most left turn pockets will be closed. Please avoid the intersection if possible.

Ongoing Project Work:

The contractor will continue performing day work on westbound Tennant Avenue. Only one lane of traffic will be possible during the installation of the 27 inch sewer pipe. The work will take place between Monterey Road and Railroad. This work is expected to take a month or so to complete.

This work will be completed during regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lane closures will occur with traffic control devices. For more information about this project and for ongoing updates, please visit our project page.

The City anticipates additional traffic impacts along Tennant Avenue during the next six months. For your safety, please obey all construction signage, reduce your speed through the work zones, and drive carefully. If possible, please use alternate routes. Please plan for extra travel time when traveling through Tennant Avenue, Church Street, Railroad Avenue and Vineyard Boulevard. The City appreciates your cooperation and apologizes for any inconveniences while construction is underway as there will be some construction noise, minor inconveniences and traffic delays during the work.

For questions or additional information, please contact David Gittleson via email.

Planned Road Closures or Traffic Delays in the Weeks Ahead: 

-The annual Veteran’s Day Run event is scheduled for Sunday, November 10, 2019. The event will take place from 8:00 AM to noon. This event is hosted by the Morgan Hill Freedom Fest. The event will start and end in downtown Morgan Hill. There are no road closures for this event and Morgan Hill Police will be onsite for traffic control at the beginning and end of the event. For additional information, please visit http://morganhillveteransdayrun.com/.

-Veneto: The contractor will be working on Murphy Avenue between San Pedro Avenue and Riesling Court. Traffic control throughout project, expect delays, work hours 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for two weeks.

-The Crossings subdivision on Monterey Road between Spring Avenue and Ciolino Avenue: Contractor is installing a median on Monterey Road between Spring and Ciolino Avenues this week. Expect delays. Traffic controls will be in place 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday through November 21st.

-The Gables at northwest corner of Monterey Road and Watsonville Road: Expect traffic controls and delays as utility installation is occurring at The Gables subdivision.

- Hencken Oaks is a new 14-unit single family housing tract located on Dunne Avenue between Monterey Road and Del Monte Avenue. Joint trench work will continue for the offsites. Expect lane closures and traffic control from Del Monte Avenue to Monterey Road: Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Maintenance Activities:

-Sign Maintenance

-Weed abatement in the right of way

Major Projects:

 - Community Garden: Work is nearly complete on the New Community Garden at the virtual intersection of Railroad Ave. and Butterfield Blvd. This new site will have more room for gardening, composting, parking, and storage. The project is scheduled to be ready for the gardeners’ fall and winter planting in November. Construction is funded by a grant from the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. The contractor, Castlewood Construction, has completed their work and the finishing touches are now being completed by volunteers.

-Morgan Hill Library Addition Project: The City of Morgan Hill has contracted with Selden & Son for the construction of the Morgan Hill Library Addition Project. This project will include an addition of approximately 2,500 square feet of space. The contractor began work the week of October 7, 2019. The project duration is approximately 9 months. The construction hours for this project shall be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

-Library Tot Lot Shade Project and Closure: The City has contracted with Ross Recreation to install a shade structure over the Library Tot Lot on the corner of Dewitt and Alkire. The work is scheduled to begin the week of November 11th and should last throughout the week. The playground will be completely closed during this time.

-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. Contractor is continuing sewer tie-ins on Jarvis Drive and will begin on-site and off-site water system improvements.

2019 Pavement Resurfacing:

Chrisp Company will continue installing the final striping along Monterey Road and Granite Rock and their subcontractors will begin punch list work at various locations after Monterey Road striping is completed.

For your safety, please travel through the work zones/detours carefully or utilize alternative routes. The City appreciates your cooperation and apologizes for any inconveniences while construction is underway as there will be some construction noise, minor inconveniences, and traffic delays during the work.

For ongoing updates regarding this project and funding information, please visit our project page. For questions or additional information, please contact Lynette Kong via email or 408-310-4714.

- Pavement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP-20): The City received a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to assess the City’s street pavement network condition; the previous assessment was completed Spring 2017. Quality Engineering Solutions (QES) is the engineering firm contracted by MTC to complete the pavement network assessment for the City. QES completed the field inspections of City streets and will analyze the data for the draft Pavement Management System Update Report and will update the City’s overall pavement condition index (PCI). The anticipated report completion date is Spring 2020.

-The Gables @ Northwest Corner of Monterey Road and Watsonville Road: Expect traffic controls and delays as utility installation is occurring at The Gables subdivision.

- Hencken Oaks: Hencken Oaks is a new 14-unit single family housing tract located on Dunne Avenue between Monterey Road and Del Monte Avenue. Joint trench work will continue for the offsites. Expect lane closures and traffic control from Del Monte Avenue to Monterey Road: Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

- Sunsweet Development: The Sunsweet project is located on a 1.63-acre parcel on the southeast corner of the intersection of Depot St. and East Third St. The project is primarily four stories and consists of 83 apartments and 8,051 square feet of ground floor commercial space. The project is utilizing 83 of the 500 residential building allotments that were set aside for use in the downtown by the voters on May 19, 2009 (Measure A). Parking for the project will be provided below grade. Construction is underway.

 - Veneto Project: This project is the development of 168 rental apartments and 74 single-family homes. The contractor will be working on Murphy Avenue between San Pedro Avenue and Riesling Court. Traffic control throughout project, expect delays, work hours 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

- Lift Stations J and W Improvement Project: At lift station W, Pacific Infrastructure Corporation (PIC) will test and start-up the new pump and motor control center equipment. if the testing and start-up operations are completed, the temporary bypass equipment will be removed.

- Boys Ranch and Jackson Well Rehabilitation Project: Project awarded to Conco-West, Inc. for $1.28 million dollars. Construction of the two wells are complete. Both wells are currently undergoing water quality testing. The State Water Board is reviewing the City’s request to bring both wells online.

- New Main Avenue Well Project: The new well building is complete, and PG&E has provided power to the facility. The contractor will now test all electrical components and begin initial start-up of the well. From there, the well will go through a disinfection/testing process in order to bring the well online.

- 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 the right of way has been secured for the project. Permits have been submitted and are being reviewed. Construction is largely funded by VTA’s Measure B Program. The City, County and VTA are currently working out the funding details. Construction could commence as early as April/May 2020. Please find more information.

 - 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 surpassed the 30% level and have been reviewed by the stakeholders. The designs will now be elevated to a 65% completion level. The City presented the sewer alignment to the City of Gilroy on Monday, April 29, 2019, and the alignment was approved. The design will now be elevated to a 90% completion level. Construction of the parallel sewer trunk is currently not funded.

- Main Avenue Bike Lane and Sidewalk Project: The project will install bike lanes and green pavement markings on Main Avenue between Butterfield and Condit. 300 linear feet of road widening will also be required along with the acquisition of some right of way. The design and right of way work are currently in progress. A TFCA grant of $65,100 was received for this project from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) managed by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). We anticipate that the project design will be complete in December 2019 and construction could commence as early as summer 2020.

-Madrone Channel Trail Improvements: The City received a $120,000 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District and a $218,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to improve the trail between Main Avenue and Cochrane Road. Improvements will include the paving of the existing trail into a Class I Biking and Pedestrian Path, benches, interpretative signs and dog waste stations.

Additional Information Available.

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