Outside Agency Construction Projects
Projects that are Currently In-Progress
Developer to Begin Construction on the Autumn Way Roundabout and Multi-use Trail
For questions or concerns regarding the Autumn Way Roundabout please contact Caltrans at: 510-286-6115
For questions or concerns regarding the multi-use trail please contact the City of Gilroy at: 408-846-0226
As part of the Hecker Pass and Hoey North Development projects, construction will soon begin on the Autumn Way Roundabout, located at Autumn Way and Hecker Pass Highway, and a new multi-use trail, located along the south side of Hecker Pass Highway between Burchell Road and Santa Teresa Boulevard. Because Hecker Pass Highway is a state highway, this project will be permitted and overseen by Caltrans.
Upon commencement of this project, the intersection of Two Oaks Lane and Hecker Pass Highway will be closed. Residents should use the main entrance located at 3rd Street and Santa Teresa Boulevard to access the neighborhood and Hecker Pass Highway.
As part of the multi-use trail construction, some trees along the south-side of Hecker Pass Highway will be removed to make space for the trail which will be located in the open space on the edge of the roadway with a landscaped buffer between the trail-user and the highway. Of the 354 trees currently located in the trail section, we anticipate that only 50 trees will need to be removed.
This project is anticipated to begin mid-March with completion anticipated by winter 2021, weather permitting.
We will work with the developer and Caltrans to provide regular updates to the community throughout the construction process. Thank you for your patience as we work on these much-anticipated transportation improvements in our community.
|Why is a roundabout being installed on a State Highway? If a traffic control measure is needed, isn’t a stoplight a better solution for the high speeds of a State Highway?||Initially, a signal was considered at this location to provide access into the Hecker Pass Development area from the adjacent highway. Due to the highway speeds associated with Hecker Pass Highway, a significantly long acceleration lane on the east side of the intersection, and a deceleration lane on the west side of the intersection would have been required by the State. These lanes would have required the removal of a significant number of the historic deodar cedar trees on the south side of the highway. To avoid removal of the trees, an alternate intersection control method was designed. Caltrans approved the roundabout as an alternate to the signal for access control.|
Will crosswalks be installed at the roundabout?
|Yes, a crosswalk for crossing Hecker Pass Highway will be included in the roundabout design. Traffic will have to slow down to 30 to 35 miles per hour to enter the roundabout which will allow for pedestrians to cross within the roundabout. Flashing yellow-lights will be installed in advance of the west and east sections of the roundabout to notify drivers of the upcoming roundabout.|
Why are trees being removed? Will they be replaced?
|There will be a total of nine deodar cedar trees removed as part of the roundabout and multi-use trail project. An additional approximately 40 trees will be removed along the south side of Hecker Pass Highway for the construction of an off-street Class I multi-use trail that will complete the Class I loop around the entire Hecker Pass Development. The deodar cedar trees will be replaced with nine new deodar cedar trees along the tree line on open spaces closer to Santa Teresa Boulevard. Replacement trees for the balance of the trees being removed have already been planted within the Hecker Pass Development to accommodate for the removal of the trees within this project.|
|Why is 2 Oaks Lane being closed?||2 Oaks Lane is being closed for several reasons. Most importantly, it is not considered a safe access to Hecker Pass Highway and the roundabout will provide a safe, Caltrans approved, access to Hecker Pass Highway. It is also located on a private parcel that will ultimately be developed with mixed-use development per the Hecker Pass Specific Plan.|
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For more information about this project please contact the City of Gilroy Planning Division at (408) 846-0451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
High Speed Rail Announces State's Preferred Alternative Alignment
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has announced the staff recommendations for the State’s Preferred Alternatives for the high-speed rail routes in Northern California and will soon begin a comprehensive outreach campaign through the summer to gather feedback from the public on the staff recommendations for the Authority Board of Directors to consider in making their decisions in September. Major outreach events will include several community working group meetings in July, and six public open houses in August. Input received from the public regarding these routes will be presented to the Authority’s Board of Directors in September for consideration along with the staff recommendations.
High-Speed Rail will be holding a public meeting in Gilroy on Thursday, August 8 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM with the presentation starting at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be located at IFDES Lodge-Portuguese Hall at 250 Old Gilroy Street. All community members are welcome to attend.
In the San Jose to Merced project section, Authority staff recommends Alternative 4 as the State’s Preferred Alternative. Alternative 4 utilizes a blended configuration between San Jose and Gilroy in the existing Union Pacific Railroad corridor before continuing to a dedicated high-speed rail alignment through Pacheco Pass.
In 2008, California voters approved High-Speed Rail (HSR) between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The approved route will pass through Gilroy on its way up to the peninsula. The City of Gilroy is working closely with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), other communities, and relevant agencies to plan for future land use and infrastructure within the Gilroy Station Area.
The development of the Gilroy Station Area Plan commenced in April 2015 after receiving a grant from HSR to plan for an HSR station in the downtown area. The Station Area Plan will act as a tool to guide private development and public improvements in Downtown over the next 25 years with a focus on the area near the future HST station and railroad tracks. This involves gathering input from the community on road alignment and land use for the station area.
Following a review of existing conditions, the project team created three alternative land use and circulation plans for Downtown Gilroy. The project team evaluated these alternative land use and circulation plans and produced an Alternatives Analysis Report. Community input received at public meetings and guidance from the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) helped create a Draft Preferred Alternative. The Draft Preferred Alternative was presented before the City Council on January 17, 2017 where they reviewed and provided comments.
The City Council held a meeting on June 5, 2017 to review a comparative assessment that evaluated and compared the three alignment alternatives being considered by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) for the Gilroy area.
The three alignment alternatives include:
- Viaduct to Downtown
- Embankment to Downtown
- East Gilroy
During the review of the three HSR alignments, the question was raised about whether an alignment within the Highway 101 corridor might be viable and present fewer impacts to the City. The City chose to hire a consultant to explore that issue. Shortly after the City's consultant commenced work, the CHSRA decided themselves to look into that same issue. Ultimately, on December 6, 2017, a presentation was made to the City Council regarding the findings of both efforts. While there were some minor differences between the City's findings and the CHRSA's findings, both studies concluded that any HSR alignment within the Highway 101 corridor would not be preferable to one of the three initial alignments proposed.
After the City Council’s review of the comparative assessment of the Highway 101 HSR alignments, the City has decided to place the Station Area Plan Project on hold until the CHSRA identifies a preferred alignment alternative as a part of its Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the San Jose to Merced segment of its system.
For more information regarding this project please contact Caltrans at (510) 286-6115.
Caltrans has begun the next phase of the First Street Repairs which will include a complete repaving of First Street/State Highway 152 from the 101 on-ramps to Santa Teresa Boulevard. Caltrans has already started electrical and concrete work in the project area, including curb, ramp, and gutter improvements. These improvements will be followed by grinding and paving of the project area. The City will be meeting with Caltrans regularly to coordinate the work and will provide regular updates as the work progresses.
Additional information regarding the project can be obtained by contacting Caltrans at (510) 286-6115 or by visiting the Caltrans project website.