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Posted on: September 30, 2021

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Traffic Delays in the Weeks Ahead:

-2021 Pavement Rehabilitation Project

Work is substantially complete.

-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 began in February 2021. For additional information visit: 

-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

Major Projects:

- 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. 

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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.


Commencement of construction (Phase I) started on April 5, 2021.  Grades have been revised in order to minimize soil off-haul and disposal costs. Roadway rough grading both North and South of Dunne are complete. Storm drain, water and electrical utilities are installed south of Dunne. Utilities north of Dunne commenced on September 8th, which include storm drain, water and electrical. Preparing site for sound wall #2 installation. Erosion control measures north of Dunne Avenue completed. Saturday work is possible in order to make up time or perform unanticipated extra work.

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.

-Butterfield Linear Park Extension Project

Work is substantially complete. The trail will be opened shortly.

Additional information and project updates are available on the City’s website at

-Britton Middle School Safety Enhancement Project

The Britton Middle School Pedestrian Enhancement Project will improve pedestrian access and safety in the area surrounding Britton Middle School. The proposed improvements will include increased lighting, the undergrounding of overhead utilities along the west side of Monterey Road fronting the school, new sidewalk improvements along the school frontage on Central Avenue and driveway modifications to both school driveways on Central Avenue to improve pedestrian safety at these locations for both students and residents in the area.  The project is underway and is scheduled to be completed by October 2021. 

-East Fifth Street Sewer Project
The City of Morgan Hill is planning the replacement and upgrade of a sewer main on East Fifth Street between Monterey Road and Depot Street. Once the sewer replacement is completed, the street will also be repaved. Pacific Underground Construction was awarded the contract in the amount of $1,226,730 at the June 23, 2021 City Council meeting. This work is tentatively scheduled to begin in late October 2021. Residents and/or businesses in the impacted area will receive a notice prior to work beginning. For additional information, visit:

-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 of California 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 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 construction contract was awarded to Flatiron West, Inc. for $44 million dollars. Construction began on June 21 2021. Flatiron and PG & E will be working on undergrounding overhead electric lines at the Hale/Main intersection. Other undergrounding work will include Warren and Nob Hill Avenues.

While there will be an increase in truck traffic, noise and dust, Valley Water and contracted crews will do their best to minimize such impacts including extensive traffic control measures to ensure traffic safely flows during construction. Also, the walking trail at Nob Hill Park may have potential intermittent closures during the proposed tunnel construction. Signs will be placed to inform the public should such temporary closures occur.

Valley Water expects the work on Phase 2 to last until May 2024, with required intermittent traffic controls implemented along portions of Hale, West Main, Del Monte, West Dunne and Ciolino avenues.  The last construction phase, Phase 2B, is anticipated to begin sometime in 2022 and last two to three years. Completion is anticipated in late 2025.

Learn more about this project at

-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 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 is nearing completion. A portion of the Community Park trail and parking lot will remain closed due to the construction. The contractor has installed fencing around the project site and storage area. Anticipated completion is early Fall 2021. For project updates and announcements, please visit

-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. 

- 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 late-2021. Construction of the parallel sewer trunk is currently not funded.

Additional Information Available.

Maintenance Activities:

-Galvan Park Restrooms Temporarily Closed: October 8th to October 11th

Starting Friday, October 8th through Monday, October 11th, the restrooms at Galvan Park will be closed for maintenance. A temporary portable restroom will be temporarily placed at the park during this time.

-Repair of guardrail at Monterey and Watsonville Road

-Weed abatement spraying on City’s rights of way

-Storm system inspections

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