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Posted on: November 27, 2019

The Scoop: Week of December 2, 2019

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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: 

No night work is scheduled at this time.

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. The next phase of work consists of boring/jacking under the railroad tracks. This work will impact both directions on Tennant Avenue, thus only one lane of traffic will be available in both directions. 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 Holiday Lights Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019. This event is hosted by Kiwanis Morgan Hill. The parade will stage on Depot Street and will proceed down Monterey Road from 1st Street to the Community and Cultural Center. Road Closures will begin at 4 p.m. and streets will reopen by 9:30 p.m. Depot Street, Monterey Road, and all side streets between Depot and Monterey Road, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Streets. The parking garage will be open for parking. Entrance and Exit from the parking garage will not be available from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. when the parade is taking place. For additional information, visit: https://www.morganhillkiwanis.org/HolidayLights.

-The Gables: Stripping and signal loop work will take place Monday through Friday on Monterey Road and Watsonville Road: Monterey Road southbound will have one lane open 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Watsonville Road westbound will have one lane open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Traffic controls will be in place.

-The Crossings subdivision on Monterey Road between Spring Avenue and Ciolino Avenue: Contractor is installing a new median on Monterey Road between Spring and Ciolino Avenues. Expect delays. Traffic controls will be in place 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday through December 6th.

-Veneto: Signal light work is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 25th at the intersection of East Dunne Avenue and Condit.

- 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:

-Pothole repairs

-Sign Maintenance

-Tree trimming and safety pruning in Community Park

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.

-Galvan Park: New accessible adult exercise equipment will be installed at Galvan Park. Areas under construction will be closed between Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 13th. Delays may occur due to weather.

-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. Installation of the shade structure has been delayed due to the rain. The playground will be completely closed until installation of the shade structure is 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. Contractor is continuing sewer tie-ins on Jarvis Drive and on-site and off-site water system improvements.

-2019 Pavement Resurfacing:Granite Rock and their subcontractors will begin punch list work for project closeout.

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: Stripping and signal loop work will take place Monday through Friday on Monterey Road and Watsonville Road: Monterey Road southbound will have one lane open 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Watsonville Road westbound will have one lane open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Traffic controls will be in place.

- 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.

-Outdoor Sports Center: Contractor to install field lights at the Outdoor Sports Center beginning Tuesday, November 26th. This project will take approximately three weeks.

- Veneto Project: This project is the development of 168 rental apartments and 74 single-family homes. Signal light work is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 25th at the intersection of East Dunne Avenue and Condit.

- 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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