Outside Agency Construction Projects

Projects that are Currently In-Progress

  1. Gilroy High Speed Rail Alignment
  2. Uvas Creek Fish Habitat Improvement Project
  3. Recycled Water Pipeline Project

For more information about this project please contact the City of Gilroy Planning Division at (408) 846-0451 or planningdivision@cityofgilroy.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.


Fact Sheet

Additional Information


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.

Completed Projects

  1. First Street/Highway 152
  2. Autumn Way RAB and Trail

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.

1st Street Paving Map