Monterey Road Complete Streets

Introduction

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and requests from local business owners, the Morgan Hill City Council will be, once again, reviewing the potential of converting Monterey Road through the downtown to an alternative configuration. This includes the potential of reducing the lanes running through the downtown.  

On May 19, 2021, the City Council approved the Downtown, Monterey Road Traffic Calming and Beautification project and directed staff to design a Lane Reduction Project that improves accessibility, increases safety, and creates additional space for community members and businesses. As such, the City has contracted with a traffic engineer firm and an architectural design firm to help design the lane reconfiguration and a vision for the interface between the sidewalk, street, and future parklets for the City Council's review in November 2021. 

As part of the review process, a working group of business and community members was assembled to participate in three virtual meetings and provide feedback to staff on the project design options. 

Working Group Meeting Materials:

Working Group Meeting Schedule:

Working Group Meeting #1

Friday, September 24, 2021, 9:00-11:00 am

Intro to project and block-by-block conditions 

Working Group Meeting #2

Friday, October 1, 2021, 9:00-11:00 am

Review parklet/beautification project designs options

Working Group Meeting #3

Friday, October 8, 2021, 9:00-11:00 am

Review Traffic Engineer design for lane reduction and related traffic congestion management

Working Group Walking Tour AM Saturday, October 9, 2021, 8:30-10:00 am Guided tour of project Downtown, Meet at 3rd St Plaza under the oak tree
Working Group Walking Tour PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 6:30-8:00 pmGuided tour of project Downtown, Meet at La Playa Ice Cream, 17415 Monterey Rd.
Working Group Meeting #4 Friday, October 22, 2021, 9:00-11:00 amSituational scenarios, craft recommendation to City Council 

City Council Meeting (optional)

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Participate in City Council review of project proposal


Communitywide Engagement Opportunities:

Cafecito con Edith virtual (English & Spanish)

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:30 pm

Introduction to project, Q & A

Downtown Residents Meeting (mailers to downtown residents although open communitywide)

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 5:30 pm

In-person, Downtown Amphitheatre, pre-registration requested

Zoom Community Meeting

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 5:30 pm

Communitywide Resident Outreach

Cafecito con Edith combined with Community/Working Group Walking TourSaturday, October 9, 2021, 8:30-10:00 am

Guided tour of project Downtown, Meet at 3rd St Plaza under the oak tree

Working Group Walking Tour PM

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 6:30-8:00 pm
Guided tour of project Downtown, Meet at La Playa Ice Cream, 17415 Monterey Rd.
Zoom Community Meeting
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 5:30 pm
Communitywide Resident Outreach - Focus on Traffic Plan

Pop-up Park Open House

Friday, November 5, 2021 

Renderings displayed, comment & feedback period – feedback due by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, November 10th

City Council Meeting 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Participate in City Council review of project proposal


Past Community Meetings 2021:

Background

The City completed the Monterey Road Complete Street Pilot Project in 2015. This project reduced one travel lane in each direction to determine if the configuration would slow traffic, improve safety, increase mobility, vibrancy and economic vitality in the Downtown Area. Ultimately, the City Council elected not to keep this configuration.Complete Streets

On June 3, 2020, the City Council revisited the concept of lane reductions at the request of private business owners and residents to support businesses in meeting COVID-19 social distancing requirements. At that time, the City Council chose not to implement a Monterey Road lane reduction and rather close side streets and utilize parking lots to support businesses in the near term.

Past Community Meetings 2020

Background Documents

Positive Outcomes from Past Pilot Program

  • Increase multi-model transportation (bike & pedestrian)
  • Support local businesses (directly through increased space, indirectly by increasing vibrancy of downtown).
  • Economic Development – encouraged future business growth in the downtown
  • Discouraged cut-through traffic
  • Alignment with Vision Zero

Other Outcomes from Past Pilot Program

  • Traffic Congestion – The change will not support improved traffic congestion overall for the City, although it was ultimately found that traffic moved off Monterey Road and impacts were limited at the end of the trial.
  • Residents and businesses were very split on making the change, with the survey results at the time leaning against the lane reconfiguration becoming permanent
  • Some businesses did not feel benefit during the previous trial

What’s Different Now

  • Construction of Hale Avenue Extension commences in April 2021 
  • The City has adopted Vision Zero policies that prioritize safety, creating livable streets, and seeks to eliminate traffic fatalities 
  • Downtown Improvements are complete, including Parking Structure on 4th street
  • New private development downtown – Businesses and residents
  • Safety Improvements have been made: 4th Street Signal, Flashing Lights (at 3rd, soon to be at 1st and 5th)
  • COVID-19 and the use of outdoor spaces downtown are no longer a luxury and instead, a requirement for businesses to be successful

What’s not Different

  • Hwy 101 is not widened nor is envisioned in the immediate future
  • Pass through traffic is unknown post COVID-19
  1. Chris Ghione

    Public Services Director
    Phone: 408-782-9154