Almond Grove Project

This page has been created to provide regular updates to the residents about the progress of the Almond Grove Street Rehabilitation Project. The first phase of the project is currently under construction and includes the rehabilitation of
Broadway (between W. Main Street and S. Santa Cruz Avenue), and Bachman Avenue (between Glen Ridge Avenue and N. Santa Cruz Avenue).
The second phase of the project is currently under design and includes the rehabilitation of remaining 8 streets within the Almond Grove Historic District.
We encourage interested parties to subscribe to the “NOTIFY ME” service located on the left hand side of this page in order to be notified immediately each time the project page is updated.

Construction Update on Almond Grove Phase I – Broadway and Bachman Avenue

    
Update posted 9/23/16 – 
Broadway Paving Plan Update – The first roadway segment of Broadway to be removed and replaced will begin demolition on Monday, September 26th.   Door hangers were distributed on Friday to those residents and businesses whose property access will be affected by the construction that will begin Monday.  The residents and businesses who received the door hangers will need to prepare to be without vehicular driveway access to/from Broadway for the period of time shown on the door hangers.  Those properties on the north side of Broadway between S. Santa Cruz and 50 Broadway will be the first to be impacted.  As the work progresses on Broadway, Vanguard Construction will provide the 2 day advance notice door hangers to those properties whose future access will be affected.  The door hangers will identify the anticipated time frame of the restricted access and will provide a contact for any questions.  All efforts will be made to re-open driveway access as quickly as possible, depending on the cure time of the concrete as placed.  

We request your cooperation in keeping vehicular traffic off of the new concrete until the contractor has determined the concrete has reached the appropriate strength and is re-opened.
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TWO WEEK LOOK AHEAD

  

 

9/26/16-10/9/16

 
Broadway
  • Begin removal of concrete roadway
  • Begin placing new concrete roadway
  • Saw cut newly placed concrete roadway
  • Notify residents 2 days in advance of any anticipated driveway closures
  • Continue irrigation repairs in park strip
Bachman Avenue
  • Complete the removal/replacement of curb, gutter, sidewalk, accessibility ramps, and driveway approaches on the north side of Bachman Avenue.
  • Potential storm drain installation.
  • Potential conduit installation.
  • Continue street tree planting and park strip irrigation repairs.
  • Complete minor concrete and conform work on south side of Bachman Avenue. 

Update posted 9/9/16 – 
Broadway Paving Plan Update
 - The current paving plan anticipates the removal and placement of the Broadway pavement in 5 segments.   The first segment to be removed and replaced will be on the north side of Broadway between S. Santa Cruz Avenue and 50 Broadway.  The second section would include the north side of Broadway between 56 Broadway to W. Main Street.   Based on weather, condition of the subgrade, and actual production rates of the crews, the paving schedule for the south side of Broadway will be finalized and communicated to residents and businesses once the work on the north side is substantially completed.  The south side is anticipated to be completed in 3 segments in order to maintain continual access to Clifton Avenue.  The south side schedule will be communicated to residents and businesses via door hangers and will also be posted on this project page.
 
On September 19th, Vanguard crews will begin preparing Broadway for the actual pavement demolition and reconstruction.  Survey crews will be providing the necessary control for the paving project, saw cut crews will be cutting the pavement for removal, and the final storm drain and conduit work will be completed.  This work will take place on the entire length of the street, from S. Santa Cruz Avenue to W. Main Street. 
 
Residents and businesses on the north side of Broadway will need to be prepared to be without vehicular driveway access to/from Broadway for an extended period of time, beginning on or around September 26th.  Those properties on the north side of Broadway between S. Santa Cruz and 50 Broadway will be the first to be impacted.  Similar to the notification process used for the previous driveway closures, Vanguard Construction will provide door hangers to each property two days in advance of the anticipated closure indicating the estimated closure period. 
 
All efforts will be made to re-open driveway access as quickly as possible, depending on the cure time of the concrete as placed.  We request your cooperation in keeping vehicular traffic off of the new concrete until the contractor has determined the concrete has reached the appropriate strength and is re-opened.
 
Reminder Regarding Park Strip Improvements
 – As a reminder, the Almond Grove Street Reconstruction Project includes the removal of any hardscape, such as brick walkways or pavers,  located in the park strip area between the curb and sidewalk.  At the property owner’s request, Vanguard will make every attempt to salvage bricks, pavers, or other hardscape and stack these in the driveway for the property owner’s future use.  The project will not be replacing any hardscape or other private improvements that were previously installed in this area.  Should a property owner wish to reinstall the hardscape following the completion of the project, a no fee encroachment permit and an agreement for the installation of the private improvements in the public right of way would be required from the property owner prior to any re-installation of hardscape in this area.   Should you wish to obtain a no-fee encroachment permit for re-installation of private hardscape improvements in the park strip area, please contact Michelle Quinney, Special Projects Manager atmquinney@losgatosca.gov.  

Update posted 9/9/16 –
The removal and replacement of the Broadway concrete roadway section is now scheduled to begin the week of September 19th.  The current proposal is to complete the work in 5 to 6 separate segments, beginning at the intersection with S. Santa Cruz and working uphill toward Main Street.  The current schedule anticipates approximately one week for the removal and replacement of the roadway in each segment (barring any inclement weather or other unforeseen delays), with an additional 10-12 days required for the concrete to cure before driveway access to properties in each segment can be restored.  The segments on one side of Broadway will be completed and allowed to cure before relocating traffic onto the new roadway and beginning the removal and replacement of the segments located on the other side of the street.  It has not yet been determined if the work will begin on the south or north side of Broadway, but as the paving plan is developed in more detail, the location and schedule for the reconstruction of each segment will be posted on this webpage.   Access to properties on Clifton Avenue and Broadway Extension will be provided throughout the street reconstruction process and emergency access will always be accommodated.   Residents, businesses, and property owners on Broadway, Broadway Extension, and Clifton Avenue will be receiving a letter early next week regarding the upcoming construction. 

Although it may become tempting to cross barricades and drive onto or across the newly placed pavement, we are asking everyone’s help to refrain from driving on the new surface until the project team has determined that the concrete has cured sufficiently and the barricades have been removed. 

The Bachman Avenue roadway reconstruction will be scheduled following the completion of the curbs, gutters, sidewalks, ramps, and underground work

Update posted 9/2/16 – The schedules for the concrete pavement removal and replacement on Broadway and Bachman are still being developed and will be posted to this page soon.  See the “Two Week Look Ahead” section for anticipated construction activities within the next two weeks.
 
Update posted 8/26/16
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See the Two Week Look Ahead for work planned during the next two weeks.  The schedule for the pavement removal and replacement on Broadway is currently being developed and will be posted to this page once approved.  The Bachman Avenue pavement removal and replacement will be scheduled to follow the pavement work on Broadway.  

Update posted 8/19/16
 - The majority of the curb, gutter, sidewalk, and driveway approach work has been completed on Broadway.  

Crews have now moved to Bachman Avenue where they have completed the first set of new driveways and sidewalks on the south side of Bachman Avenue near Glen Ridge Avenue. Crews will continue with the removal and replacement of the curbs, gutters, sidewalks, driveway approaches, and accessibility ramps working down the south side of Bachman Avenue toward N. Santa Cruz Avenue before moving to the north side of the street. 

Please continue to comply with the one lane/one-way westbound traffic patterns that have been established for the work zones on both Broadway and Bachman Avenue.   

The schedule for the pavement removal and replacement on Broadway is currently being developed and will be posted to this page once approved. The Bachman Avenue pavement removal and replacement will be scheduled to follow the pavement work on Broadway.

It is currently anticipated that the work on Broadway will occur in six separate half street sections.  Once a section of pavement is removed, it will take additional time for the crews to grade the street to the proper elevation, to compact the subgrade, to place and compact the base materials, to place the reinforcing steel where necessary, to form where needed for the placement of the concrete, and to place the final concrete section.  Once the concrete is placed, there will be an extended cure time of approximately 10-12 days before any traffic may be allowed onto the new pavement area.  During this time, those residents who have driveways that lead to the area being reconstructed will not be able to access their driveways until the new pavement has been placed and cured.  This could require residents to be without driveway access for a period of up to two weeks.  Advanced notification will be provided to residents before any access is restricted.

Once the concrete has been placed, there is a very specific time at which the concrete must be saw cut into sections measuring approximately 6’ x 6’.   The timing of this required saw cutting is dependent on the curing of the concrete, which is affected by factors beyond the Town and contractor’s control.  These factors include the ambient air temperature, the ground temperature, humidity, and the actual curing rate of the concrete among others.  The time at which the concrete must be saw cut is therefore not a schedulable task.  It has to be done when it has to be done.  For this reason, saw cutting of the concrete pavement may be taking place at any hour of the day or night, and on any day including the weekends.  We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and interruption that this event may cause, however the saw cuts are of major importance to the performance of the concrete roadway and must be completed as dictated by factors beyond our control.

Update posted 8/5/16 - The final work continues to remove and replace the curbs, gutters, sidewalk, driveway approaches, and storm drain on the north side of Broadway.   Crews are now scheduled to move to Bachman Avenue.

Update posted 7/28/16 - Work continues to remove the curbs, gutters, sidewalk and driveway approaches, on the north side of Broadway. 
When driveway approaches are removed, a temporary “rocked” surface is placed to allow residents to continue to use the driveway approach to access the property’s driveway.  At this stage of construction, the driveway is not closed.  Residents are able and allowed to drive over this temporary "rocked" surface until the contractor can schedule the closure of the driveway with the resident.  
Residents will be notified a minimum of two days prior to the need to close the driveway.   The contractor has been making an effort to talk to each resident when handing out the two day notice and is able to answer any questions regarding the upcoming closure.  
The driveway closure will be for a three day period.  During this three day period, the area will be formed to accept the new concrete and the concrete poured and allowed to cure. 
After the driveway approaches have been poured, but before these are opened back up for the residents to use, the contractor may need to place a temporary asphalt ramp between the existing roadway and the new driveways to allow residents to ramp up into the new driveway approach.  These temporary driveway ramps will be in place until the new concrete roadway is constructed.  If you have a temporary ramp constructed into your driveway, please enter and exit your driveways slowly and cautiously.
When the work on the sidewalk, curb, gutter, and driveway approaches is completed on Broadway, crews will move to Bachman Avenue.   Based on the current rate of progress, it is possible that crews may be ready to move to Bachman Avenue during the week of August 8th to begin the survey, sawcutting and stump grinding operations. 

Update posted 7/15/16 -  Curb, gutter, sidewalk, driveways and accessibility ramps have been removed and replaced on the south side of Broadway between W. Main Street and 45 Broadway.  A temporary pavement material has been placed between the existing roadway and the new driveways to allow residents to ramp up into the new driveway.  These temporary driveway ramps will be in place until the new concrete roadway is constructed.  If you have a temporary ramp constructed into your driveway, please enter and exit your driveways slowly and cautiously.

Update posted 7/8/16 -  The first sections of curb, gutter, and sidewalk and two driveways have been removed and replaced on the south side of Broadway in the area of W. Main Street and Clifton Avenue.  Removal and replacement will continue on the south side of Broadway before moving to the north side of Broadway.  In order to remove and replace the driveway approaches, all driveways will eventually need to be completely closed for a period of three consecutive days to allow the concrete to be placed and cured.  Each resident will receive a written 2 day advance notice and a one hour verbal reminder prior to the beginning of the 3 day driveway closure.  Currently many driveway approaches have been removed and replaced with a drivable soil ramp to allow access until the driveway is ready to be formed and the concrete placed.  If your driveway has a soil ramp, please use caution and drive slowly when driving over the ramp to access your driveway.  
Residents on the north side of Broadway have received a two week advanced notice that work may begin on the north side of Broadway between 7/18 to 7/29. 

Update posted 6/29/16 – Revised Construction Schedule for Bachman Avenue
Vanguard Construction has developed a revised construction schedule that will concentrate construction efforts on Broadway before moving crews to the work on Bachman Avenue. The original construction start date on Bachman Avenue was June 13, 2016 and the revised schedule anticipates further construction activity on Bachman Avenue beginning in late July. The actual construction start date for Bachman Avenue will depend on the construction progress made on Broadway and will vary based on the Broadway construction. Updates will continue to be posted to this project page.

This revised schedule will allow the current traffic and parking patterns on Bachman Avenue to remain in place until late July when the one-lane/one way westbound traffic control pattern and 24 hour residential permit parking only would be implemented. Staff believes this revised schedule and the delay in the implementation of the traffic control and parking program will greatly help to minimize impacts to the Bachman Avenue residents and businesses. The revised schedule does not affect the anticipated overall project completion date of early December, 2016.

Vanguard Construction has hand delivered a Revised Construction Notice to the residents and businesses on Bachman Avenue in the construction area, and has also mailed copies of the Revised Construction Notice to all property owners on Bachman Avenue. A two week Advance Construction Notice will be delivered to the residents and businesses two weeks prior to any construction work beginning on Bachman Avenue. 

Update posted 6/24/16 – One way – one lane westbound traffic control for Broadway between S. Santa Cruz and W. Main Street is scheduled to be implemented during the week of June 27th. Once established, this traffic pattern of one-lane one way westbound traffic will continue through the completion of construction, which is anticipated in early December. To help the residents of Broadway accommodate the loss of parking due to construction, Broadway has been signed for residential permit parking only – 24 hours daily. The residential permit parking only is also anticipated to remain through the completion of the project. 
   
Update posted 6/21/16 -
Street tree removals have been delayed by one day.  The street tree removals are now scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 22nd .  Tree removal work is anticipated to take approximately two weeks with completion scheduled by July 8th.

 Update posted 6/20/16
Tree removals on Broadway and Bachman Avenue are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 21st.  A copy of the approved tree plan for the project can be found using this link Tree Plan.  In summary, the total number of existing street trees on Broadway and Bachman Avenue is 120.  Of the existing 120 street trees, 76 are identified to be protected during construction, 42 are identified for removal and replacement, and 2 street trees are shown on the plans to be removed and not replaced.  The 44 trees scheduled to be removed have been posted in the field with a tree removal notice.  There are 25 additional new locations that are scheduled to receive new street trees, bringing the final anticipated total street tree count on Broadway and Bachman Avenue to 143 upon completion of the project.

 Update posted 6/17/16-  Tree removals on Broadway and Bachman Avenue are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 21st.  Replacement street trees will be planted in the fall as a last order of work for the project.    

A revision has been made to the General Project Approach.  In general, the contractor intends to complete the removal and replacement of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and accessibility ramps in a counterclockwise direction starting on the south side of Broadway at W. Main Street and on the south side of Bachman at Glen Ridge Avenue. The contractor plans to work down each street on the south side toward Santa Cruz Avenue, and then back up each street on the north side.  Once the removal and replacement of all sidewalk, curb, gutter, driveways and accessibility ramps have been completed, the contractor will then begin the removal and replacement of the concrete roadway.  The roadway on each street will be removed and replaced in sections.  The sections and schedule for removal and replacement will be determined following the completion of all curb, gutter, sidewalk and driveway work and will be posted on this project page at a future date.


Beginning the week of June 27th, the first sections of curb, gutter, sidewalk, driveway, and accessibility ramps are scheduled to be removed and replaced at the following locations:


93 Broadway

89 Broadway
85 Broadway
81 Broadway
77 Broadway
71 Broadway
69 Broadway
65 Broadway
57 Broadway

Two week advance notices were delivered to the residents at each of these locations on Friday, June 17th.  The removal and replacement of driveway approaches will require a 3 day closure of the driveway to accommodate the concrete cure time.  A follow up 48 hour notice will be delivered to each residence prior to the actual closure of the driveway, and a verbal notice will be given a minimum of one hour before any driveways are closed. 

PARKING MODIFICTIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES to begin the week of June 27th:

 
During construction, vehicular access to Broadway and Bachman Avenue will be limited to access for local residents only.  To accommodate the construction on the south half of Broadway and Bachman Avenue, each street  will be reduced to one lane in the westbound direction.  Residential parking will be available on the side of the street not under construction. 
 
During the construction project, parking on both Broadway and Bachman within the construction area will be by permit only, 24 hours every day.  Current Almond Grove/Broadway Residential Parking permits will be honored in both areas and in the muni lots if parking is not available on your street.  If you are a resident on Broadway or Bachman Avenue and do not have a current Residential Parking permit on your vehicle, please contact Community Outreach Coordinator Jackie Rose at 408-354-6853 for a temporary permit which will allow you to park your vehicle during construction.

Emergency vehicles will not be denied access to the construction area.  Do not hesitate to call 911 if you require emergency assistance from fire, medical, or law enforcement personnel.


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 (Update posted 6/10/16)  On June 10th, Vanguard Construction completed the posting of trees that are scheduled to be removed with the project on both Broadway and Bachman Avenue.  The posted trees are currently scheduled to be removed beginning the week of June 20th.  See the two week look ahead for additional activities anticipated.

General Project Approach:
 A first order of work for the project will be the placement of traffic control measures, establishment of residential permit parking, construction surveying and sawcutting as necessary for the removal of existing curbs, gutters, sidewalks, driveways and accessibility ramps.  The removal and replacement of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and driveways is scheduled to follow the implementation of the traffic control, construction surveying, and sawcutting operations.  In general, the contractor intends to complete the removal and replacement of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and accessibility ramps in a counterclockwise direction starting on the north side of Broadway at S. Santa Cruz Avenue and on the north side of Bachman at S. Santa Cruz Avenue. The contractor plans to work up each street on the north side, and then back down each street on the south side toward Santa Cruz Avenue.  Once the removal and replacement of all sidewalk, curb, gutter, driveways and accessibility ramps have been completed, the contractor will then begin the removal and replacement of the concrete streets, removing the north side of the streets in sections before moving on to the removal and replacement of the south side of the streets.  The time frame for completion of all work is anticipated to be approximately 6 months.

As construction proceeds, a more detailed schedule of when work will be taking place in front of each property will be posted to this project page.  
 
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(Update posted 6/2/16)
Vanguard Construction has scheduled construction to begin the week of June 13th.  Residents, businesses, property owners and tenants within the project area were mailed a two week advance construction notice on May 26th.   A copy of the notice can be seen here: 2-week Notice
 
Beginning June 13th, the first order of work will be completing the USA markings, performing surveys, and posting trees for removal.  The removal and replacement of curb, gutter, sidewalk, and driveway approaches will follow.  Work will be done on portions of Broadway and Bachman Avenue simultaneously during this phase of the construction. 

Once construction begins, a two week look-ahead schedule will be posted to this project page every other Friday to show the anticipated construction activities for the following weeks.  

We encourage interested parties to subscribe to the “NOTIFY ME” service located on the left hand side of this page in order to be notified immediately each time the project page is updated.
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 (Update posted on 4/29/16) Resident and business owner pre-construction meetings were held on April 25th and April 26th to discuss the upcoming construction with the residents and business owners on Broadway, Clifton Avenue, and Bachman Avenue who will be directly impacted the by construction work.  The agenda and presentation slides for those meetings can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions resulting from the meeting and regarding the construction project can be found in the following link:
Phase I Construction FAQs

 If you have questions regarding the construction of this project, please contact Michelle Quinney, Special Projects Manager, at (408) 827-3552 or MQuinney@LosGatosCA.gov
 
Please click on the following links for additional information regarding the Broadway and Bachman Avenue construction project:
• Resident/Business Owner meeting agenda – April 24th and 25th, 2016
• Resident/Business Owner presentation slides – April 24th and 25th, 2016
• Resident/Business Owner meeting – door hangers – April 11, 2016
• Resident/Business Owner meeting letter – April 11, 2016
• Town Council award of contract – February 16, 2016

Almond Grove Project Phase I Design Information


Please click on the following links for information related to the design of the Almond Grove Project.

If you have questions regarding the design of the Almond Grove Project, please contact Lisa Petersen, Town Engineer, at (408) 399-5773 or LPetersen@LosGatosCA.gov

Almond Grove Phase I - Plans, Specifications & RFP
Please note that the Plans and Specifications shown below are for information only and should not be used for bidding purposes.

Project #13-31 Almond Grove Street Reconstruction Phase I (Asphalt) 

Project #13-31 Almond Grove Street Reconstruction Phase I (Concrete) 

Ordinances Related to Almond Grove Historic District