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Posted on: February 13, 2020

The Scoop: Week of February 17, 2020


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 currently scheduled.

Day Work:

The sewer bypass system will be removed shortly. The bypass system uses one pump/generator. A second system is also in place for redundancy with a third system in place as a failsafe. The bypass is needed in order to install a new larger sewer pipe under the railroad tracks. The installation of the new sewer pipe under the railroad tracks is complete. The contractor is currently backfilling the bore pits.

Ongoing Project Work:

The contractor is now making the critical tie-in connections and transferring the laterals. Upon completion of this work, the bypass system can be removed. Final work will include trench paving, new traffic loops and new striping.

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 two 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: 

-San Pedro Avenue between Condit and Murphy will be closed for safety reasons until the street improvements are completed.

-Veneto: Signal light work is continuing at the intersection of East Dunne Avenue and Condit.

Maintenance Activities:

Right of Way Weed Abatement 

Diana Park Fence

Storm preparation work orders

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 contractor, Castlewood Construction, has completed their work and the finishing touches are now being completed by volunteers. The project should be completed in February.

-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.

-Centennial Recreation Center (CRC) Expansion Project: The CRC Expansion project began at the end of October 2019. This expansion will include the addition of a second group exercise studio and additional parking spaces on the East side of the facility. The project is anticipated to be completed in nine months, approximately July of 2020.  For ongoing updates regarding this project, please visit our project page

-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 will perform shoulder work at Cochrane Road.

-City Facility Fiber Network Infrastructure Project: This project will commence on February 18, 2020. The project will provide fiberoptic connection between the Centennial Recreation Center, Community Park, and the Corporation Yard with a camera fiberoptic connection at Cosmo Avenue. Work will be completed by the end of April 2020.

-2019 Pavement Resurfacing: Granite Rock and their subcontractors are working on 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.

- 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. Signal light work is continuing 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 Main Avenue Well is complete. The contractor has completed the testing and disinfection process. The City is in the process of submitting all the documents to the Health Department for the approval process. The new well should be online and delivering water to the community prior to summer.

- 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 secured for the project. 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 is 95% complete and the acquisition of the needed right of way is nearly complete. 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 February/March 2020 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 biking and pedestrian path, benches, interpretative signs and dog waste stations. Design work is completed for the Phase I, which runs from Cochrane Road to Main Avenue.  Phase I is out to bid.

Additional Information Available.

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