Hale Avenue Extension Project

Recent Updates on this Project

This project name has changed from the Santa Teresa Boulevard Improvement Project to the Hale Avenue Extension Project

With the completion of the City’s Circulation Element Update in February 2010, the Morgan Hill City Council asked staff to undertake a community engagement effort to obtain feedback on this roadway project. The goal of the outreach was to obtain feedback on what the project should look like and when it should be built.

Public meetings were held on November 4, 2010 and December 9, 2010 at the City’s Community and Cultural Center. At these meetings city staff and consultants presented background information on the project, traffic analysis specifically developed for the project, and various design elements. Meeting attendees were asked for their feedback and comments on what adjustments and impacts should be considered before moving forward with the current location plan (PDF).

Materials from the outreach meetings can be obtained as follows:
November 4, 2010
PowerPoint presentation (PDF)
Meeting summary notes (PDF)
December 9, 2010
PowerPoint presentation (PDF)
Meeting summary notes (PDF)
July 19, 2011
Powerpoint presentation (PDF)
Meeting summary notes (PDF)

Staff will provide the feedback received during this recent community engagement process to the City Council and present design concepts that reflect that feedback. The City Council will then consider how to proceed with the project.

Information on the recommendation is available on the August 24th, 2011 staff report to City Council.

Information on roundabouts can by found on with the Department Of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

Long-Planned Arterial Corridor

A community should have a roadway system that distributes traffic throughout town taking into account land uses, population densities and travel patterns. The arterial roadways, which are the backbone of a street network, should be placed such that vehicles can move efficiently and safely north-south and east-west.

Santa Teresa Boulevard has been a planned arterial corridor in the City’s General Plan since 1969. In the city’s current General Plan adopted in 2001, Santa Teresa Boulevard is the major north-south arterial road to the west of Monterey Road, and was planned to have 4 lanes (2 lanes in each direction).

Currently, north-south traffic west of Monterey Road must take a circuitous route through residential neighborhoods where cars come in and out of driveways and neighborhood pedestrian activity occurs. Should the Santa Teresa Boulevard connection be constructed, north-south traffic will use an arterial street that won't have houses fronting the street, thus providing a safer and more efficient means of driving north or south through the western part of Morgan Hill.

Capital Improvement Project:

The city began work on the conceptual design on this portion of Santa Teresa Boulevard in 2007. A “neighborhood meeting” was held May 22, 2008 to inform residents of the project and answer questions. Shortly thereafter, preliminary results of a Citywide Transportation Demand Modeling Study were received by city staff (as an administrative draft study) and the conceptual design was placed on hold until the modeling study was completed and impacts to this roadway project were understood. The draft study forecasted that less roadway capacity would be needed throughout the city compared to the previous traffic model, which was 10 years old and completed prior to the widening of Highway 101 north of Morgan Hill.

The final Modeling Study recommended that this section of Santa Teresa Boulevard be reduced from a 4-lane arterial to a 2-lane multi-modal arterial (1 lane in each direction, plus pedestrian and bicycle paths).

Updated Circulation Element Adopted

The updated Circulation Element was adopted by the City Council at their meeting on February 24, 2010. The downsizing of Santa Teresa from 4 lanes to 2 was made official by that action.

It is important to emphasize that the Updated Circulation Element, with regard to Santa Teresa/Hale Corridor, consists only of the appropriate sizing and nature of the facility, and does not provide project-level specific review, in that the facility has not been precisely located and designed.

Additional Information: Neighborhood Street Analysis

Due to the level of interest in the effects of implementing the Santa Teresa Corridor, the City of Morgan Hill had Fehr and Peers (transportation consultants) prepare a neighborhood street analysis to estimate the shifts in traffic if the city built the roadway from Main Avenue to Spring Avenue. Hale Avenue/Santa Teresa Boulevard Extension - Neighborhood Street Analysis (PDF).

The memo concludes that traffic would shift from Monterey Road, Peak Avenue and DeWitt Avenue, to Santa Teresa Blvd. between Main and Spring Avenues, and that levels of traffic on neighborhood streets in the area would be reduced. The Santa Teresa Extension is a more direct route for traffic from northwest Morgan Hill to/from the southwest Morgan Hill, and reduces through traffic from neighborhood streets designed for local traffic. It will also improve emergency vehicle access.
Updated: August 5, 2011