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Posted on: May 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] The Scoop: Week of May 25, 2020


Traffic Delays in the Weeks Ahead: 

- Monterey and Cochrane Road Intersection – Improvements are being made to the northeast corner of the Monterey and Cochrane intersection. Expect delays. Traffic controls will be in place 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Project has commenced and is expected to continue for three weeks.

Major Projects:

- Tennant Avenue Sewer Project between Monterey Road and Railroad Avenue – This project is essentially complete with only a few punch list items remaining. The work will be completed during regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Temporary lane closures will occur with traffic control devices. For more information about this project and for ongoing updates, please visit our project page.   For questions or additional information, please contact David Gittleson via email. 

 - 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 Grand Opening is being rescheduled due to the Shelter in Place order.

- Centennial Recreation Center (CRC) Expansion Project: Construction on the CRC Expansion project will resume on Tuesday. This expansion will include the addition of a second group exercise studio and additional parking spaces on the East side of the facility. For ongoing updates regarding this project, please visit our project page

- Morgan Hill Library Addition Project – Construction on the Morgan Hill Library Addition project has resumed. This project will include an addition of approximately 2,500 square feet of space. The construction hours for this project will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

- Veneto Project: Traffic signal relocation work will continue for the next two weeks at the intersection of East Dunne Avenue and Condit Road. Contractor will also be grinding and paving Condit Road from East Dunne to Old Vine Lane. Traffic controls will be in place.

- 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 continues to work on widening Cochrane Road and sidewalk and water main tie-ins. Work also includes the installation of a new signal at Woodview Circle and Cochrane Road, and on some water abandonments along Jarvis Drive. This week the Contractor will be paving on Cochrane Road and installing temporary striping. Curb installation will occur in the center median on Cochrane between Sutter and Woodview Circle.

- 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 in Spring 2017. Quality Engineering Solutions (QES) is the engineering firm contracted by MTC to complete the pavement network assessment for the City. QES is working with the City to finalize the Budget Options Report that evaluates the overall pavement condition of the City’s street network and highlights the impacts of various funding scenarios on the City’s network pavement condition and deferred maintenance funding shortfalls. The final BOR report will be presented to City Council for review and acceptance in June 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.

- Lift Stations J and W Improvement Project: : The City is planning out pavement repairs at Lift Station “J” and project closeout in June 2020.

- 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. The City is preparing the request to the State Water Board to bring the Boys Ranch Well #2A online. The Jackson well #3 will require the installation of a chlorine contact tank before it can be put online. The request was made by the Water Board. A design is in process and the project will be bid as soon as possible.

- New Main Avenue Well #3 Project: The new Main Avenue Well #3 is complete and is in full operation as of May 12, 2020. The well can produce up to 700 gallons per minute, greatly enhancing quantity, reliability and redundancy of the City’s water system.

- 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. Environmental 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 may commence as early as August 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 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 will now be elevated to a 90% completion level and is expected to be complete in December 2020. 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 complete and the project is currently out to bid. 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). Anticipated construction commencement in July 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. Phase I runs from Cochrane Road to Main Avenue. The Phase I construction contract was awarded to Terramark General Engineering Construction at the March 4, 2020 City Council Meeting. City staff is now obtaining permits from Valley Water.

Additional Information Available.

-CRC Slide Structure and Pool Deck Projects – Completion of this project is necessary for ongoing structural integrity and safety.

-Aquatics Center Slide Structure Painting and Windscreen Treatments – Construction has commenced on this project. Completion of this project is necessary for ongoing structural integrity and safety.

Maintenance Activities:

During the Santa Clara County shelter in place directive, in order to minimize the inadvertent spread of COVID-19, only the following maintenance activities, deemed as essential services, will occur on a priority basis:


City owned and maintained parks, buildings and grounds are closed, with the play structures cordoned off with caution tape and all enclosed areas locked. However, limited resources do not allow for strict enforcement of the parks’ closures. Due to this, the minimum services that are provided for these areas are:

  • Trash Collection
  • Restroom Cleaning (2X/day)
  • Emergency calls
  • Restroom plumbing or lighting issues
  • Safety Issues
  • Tripping hazards
  • Holes in decomposed granite pathways
  • Trees or dangerous overhead hazards
  • Faulty irrigation or leaks
  • Vandalism
  • Weed abatement near wooden or other flammable barriers
  • No abatement for aesthetics
  • Rodent Control
  • Biweekly turf cutting and edging

NOTE: Privately owned parks, owned and maintained by private entities, such as Home Owners Associations (“HOAs”), are privately maintained and are the sole responsibility of the HOA, Property Manager, or responsible delegate of the owner/operator.


Essential services related to streets and storm systems will continue during the shelter in place order including:

  • Potholes and small asphalt repairs deemed as safety concerns to motorists, vehicles, pedestrians or property
  • Sidewalk trip hazards
  • Emergency response, repairs and clean-up related to vehicle accidents
  • Road Iron repairs
  • Loose manholes, valve covers, etc.
  • Road markings
  • Refreshing of existing road markings
  • Right of way (ROW) weed abatement related to fire prevention or vehicle/pedestrian visibility
  • No abatement for aesthetics
  • Street light repairs/replacements
  • Street tree maintenance on emergency basis
  • Safety related issues
  • Clearance trimming for emergency vehicles
  • Storm drain repairs and service
  • Scheduled street sweeping (Contracted Service)
  • Emergency street sweeping (City Crew)
  • Infrastructure visibility
  • Replace damaged, faded or missing street signs
  • Median island painting and reflectors
  • Dead end and property barriers repair, painting, and reflector replacements
  • Visibility Weed/Vegetation Abatement
  • Open space fire weed abatement performed via contract services

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