Upper Llagas Creek Flood Control Project
This project is being managed and implemented by Valley Water to provide flood protection to the Morgan Hill community in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the State 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 the replacement of road crossings.
Phase 1: The Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project began construction in September 2019 and is progressing ahead of schedule. Phase 1 Project work completed to date includes completion of approximately 95% of the channel excavation, construction of the on-site compensatory mitigation, Lake Silveira wetlands, Masten Avenue Bridge concrete underpinning, Monterey Road Bridge concrete lining, installation of rock slope protection, storm drain outfall modifications, removal of concrete rubble, debris and legacy trash, and destruction of monitoring wells, installation of bat boxes and temporary and permanent fencing, removal of 12.5 acres of invasive blackberry at Lake Silveira, and excavation to restore 2,000 linear feet of Llagas Creek from Lake Silveira towards Monterey Highway. At Watsonville Road, the contractor, Graniterock will be excavating under the box culvert at the storm channel starting late June 2021. Please drive through the area with caution.
Phase 2A: (a 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 is scheduled to begin in July 2021. Learn more about this project at https://www.valleywater.org/upperllagas
Flatiron and PG & E will be working on undergrounding overhead electric lines in July 2021 at the Hale/Main intersection. Other undergrounding work will include Warren and Nob Hill Avenues.