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Posted on: November 18, 2021

The Scoop: Weeks of November 22, 2001 & November 29, 2021

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City Hall will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from November 25th through November 28th. For non-emergency issues requiring attention during this time, please call the City’s 24-hour non-emergency number at (408) 779-2101. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. Police, Fire and Public Works services will be available. City Hall offices will reopen on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

-Storm Preparation: Sand bags available for residents

Morgan Hill City streets may flood during intense rain events. This is especially common in the areas of the City within the high risk 100-year flood zone which runs along West Little Llagas Creek throughout the City. You can view a map of the Flood Zone in the City’s Flood Report.  If you observe flooding, clogged storm drains or other storm related issues you can report this to the Morgan Hill Corporation Yard during regular working hours at 408-776-7333, or for after-hours reporting you can call into the Morgan Hill Police Department at 408-779-2101. Sand bags are available for free to residents and located at the El Toro Fire Station,  18300 Old Monterey Road, and the Corporation Yard, 100 Edes Court. The El Toro Fire Station may have a limited number of pre-filled sand bags. The Corporation Yard has bags and sand that residents can fill themselves.

-Aquatics Center Closed for Pool Deck Repairs

The Aquatics Center will be closed from Saturday, November 20th through Friday, November 26th. Pool deck repairs will take place during the closure. The Aquatics Center will reopen on Saturday, November 27th at 7:00 a.m.

Traffic Delays in the Weeks Ahead:

-Hale Avenue Extension Project

The contractor will close DeWitt Avenue at Spring to install utility improvements. Closures will be during the daytime only, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tentative dates: Monday, November 22nd to Wednesday, November 24th; Monday, November 29th through Friday, December 3rd

-2020 Sewer Inflow and Infiltration Project
Contractor to begin work on sewer repairs at Easy Street and continue work at 1st Street. There may be some minor traffic delays at West First Street.

-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: https://www.morgan-hill.ca.gov/373/Traffic-and-Transportation-Management 

-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.

Major Projects:

- Hale Avenue Extension Project (Phase I)

City Council awarded the construction contract to DeSilva Gates Construction for $14.1M 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 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. Roadway rough grading both North and South of Dunne Avenue 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. Sound wall #2 foundations installed. Sound wall #2 panels in production-roughly 4 weeks. Additional erosion control measures being installed. Construction activities have slowed due to the weather. However, the project will continue through the rainy season. The contractor will install utility improvements, storm, water and electrical undergrounding from November 22nd to November 24th; and November 29th to December 3rd. DeWitt will be closed at Spring Avenue, a detour will be in place.

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

Butterfield Linear Park south of Tennant Avenue is now open.

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

-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. Project is currently in the punch list stage. Other remaining work is to fill in concrete sidewalk where poles were removed by PG & E.

-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, through Hale Lumber Yard to Diana Avenue. 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 November. The first order of work is to complete the work under the railroad tracks and to make the sewer connection from Diana Avenue to the manhole at Depot Street and Fifth Street. The contractor will be digging for pits at the Hale Lumber Site in preparation for the bore and jack under the railroad. Residents and/or businesses in the impacted area will receive a notice prior to work beginning on East Fifth Street. 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 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. 

West Little Llagas Creek Trail Extension to Silveira Lake: In collaboration with Valley Water and Graniterock Construction, an approximately two-mile paved trail has been installed along the maintenance road at West Little Llagas Creek from Monterey Road to Middle Avenue and Watsonville Road. While the trail portion of the project is completed, there is still additional work that Graniterock Construction is completing. The trail will be closed to use until all work is completed and the crossings at Middle Avenue and Watsonville Road are completed.

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. 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.

PROJECT UPDATES 

  • Phase 2A of the project is currently under construction in Morgan Hill. Heavy machinery will be used to tunnel under Nob Hill, located between West Main Avenue and West Dunne Avenue. Traffic control will shift traffic lanes in phases throughout the construction process to install a pair of twin box culverts along a portion of Hale Avenue near West Main Avenue and West Dunne Avenue along Del Monte Avenue to and along Ciolino Avenue. A box culvert is an underground structure that acts as a tunnel that allows storm water to travel. With limited street parking, traffic control devices and construction in progress, we recommend alternative routes to avoid potential delays. 
  • The immediate upcoming work will affect the intersection of Main and Hale Avenues significantly. While traffic will still be allowed through the intersection, significant traffic control devices will be installed to shift lanes in phases to provide space for the workers and equipment. Please remember to drive cautiously through construction areas and follow signage for detours. Again, please use alternate routes as much as possible while the work is being completed.
  • Main and Hale Intersection: Perform Construction Staking. Potholing of utilities started in November with minor traffic control.
  • Warren Avenue: Constructing sound barrier, install tunnel access shoring.
  • Del Monte Avenue between Spring and Dunne Avenues: Installing new sewer main starting at Spring Avenue working towards Dunne Avenue. (minor traffic control)

Watch for traffic controls and speed limit restrictions. Thank you.

Learn more about this project at https://www.valleywater.org/upperllagas

-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 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 late 2021. For project updates and announcements, please visit www.morganhill.ca.gov/magicalbridge.

-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 late2021. Construction of the parallel sewer trunk is currently not funded.

Additional Information Available.

Maintenance Activities:

-Weed Abatement in the City Right of Way

-Storm preparation and clean up work orders including clearing storm drains, channels, and ditches in preparation for additional winter storms.

-Sidewalk work orders, in various locations, including Madrone Parkway industrial area, which will entail marking, grinding and ramping trip hazards.  

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