Monterey Road Complete Streets

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and requests from local business owners, the Morgan Hill City Council will be, once again, reviewing the potential of converting Monterey Road through the downtown to an alternative configuration. This includes the potential of reducing the lanes running through the downtown.  

On March 17, 2021, the Council directed staff to return to Council in May 2021 with a report revisiting the Monterey Road Complete Streets/Lane Reduction Program. In preparation for the City Council meeting, staff will be hosting conversations with the community about the importance of safety, creating places for people to connect, creating a destination, re-purposing space for people and businesses to thrive, and the benefits that result from these efforts, such as traffic calming. 

Community Meetings:

Background

The City completed the Monterey Road Complete Street Pilot Project in 2015. This project reduced one travel lane in each direction to determine if the configuration would slow traffic, improve safety, increase mobility, vibrancy and economic vitality in the Downtown Area. Ultimately, the City Council elected not to keep this configuration.Complete Streets

On June 3, 2020, the City Council revisited the concept of lane reductions at the request of private business owners and residents to support businesses in meeting COVID-19 social distancing requirements. At that time, the City Council chose not to implement a Monterey Road lane reduction and rather close side streets and utilize parking lots to support businesses in the near term.

Past Meetings 

Background Documents

Positive Outcomes from Past Pilot Program

  • Increase multi-model transportation (bike & pedestrian)
  • Support local businesses (directly through increased space, indirectly by increasing vibrancy of downtown).
  • Economic Development – encouraged future business growth in the downtown
  • Discouraged cut-through traffic
  • Alignment with Vision Zero

Other Outcomes from Past Pilot Program

  • Traffic Congestion – The change will not support improved traffic congestion overall for the City, although it was ultimately found that traffic moved off Monterey Road and impacts were limited at the end of the trial.
  • Residents and businesses were very split on making the change, with the survey results at the time leaning against the lane reconfiguration becoming permanent
  • Some businesses did not feel benefit during the previous trial

What’s Different Now

  • Construction of Hale Avenue Extension commences in April 2021 
  • The City has adopted Vision Zero policies that prioritize safety, creating livable streets, and seeks to eliminate traffic fatalities 
  • Downtown Improvements are complete, including Parking Structure on 4th street
  • New private development downtown – Businesses and residents
  • Safety Improvements have been made: 4th Street Signal, Flashing Lights (at 3rd, soon to be at 1st and 5th)
  • COVID-19 and the use of outdoor spaces downtown are no longer a luxury and instead, a requirement for businesses to be successful

What’s not Different

  • Hwy 101 is not widened nor is envisioned in the immediate future
  • Pass through traffic is unknown post COVID-19
  1. Chris Ghione

    Public Services Director
    Phone: 408-782-9154