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Traffic and Trail Impacts


From time to time our construction and maintenance projects require temporary road or lane closures, trail closures or similar impacts to vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Current and planned impacts will be noticed here.

Current Trail Impacts


Temporary trail closure along Adobe Creek Loop Trail

The water district will perform soil sampling to collect data for a new tide gate structure. The existing Palo Alto Flood Basin tide gate has suffered structural damage due to more than 50 years of aging. The project location is approximately half a mile northeast of the Byxbee Park parking lot on the Adobe Creek Loop Trail.

Due to heavy equipment operation on the levee for geotechnical exploration, the trail will be closed for public safety from Sept. 4 through Sept. 5. The trail will be closed approximately 100-feet from each end of the tide gate structure and will need to remain closed until Sept. 6. 

For questions about this project, please contact: Public Information Representative Tony Mercado at 408-630-2342 or via email at [email protected]


Repairs to Stevens Creek eroded bank and trail to begin

The water district will be repairing a 140-foot section of eroded bank on Stevens Creek in Mountain View. The work is necessary to prevent further erosion to the creek bank, and the pedestrian and bike trail.

The construction period is scheduled from early July through October 2018, with work activities expected between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Crews will work on the east bank of Stevens Creek, approximately 700 feet north of El Camino Real. The creek bank was damaged during last year’s storms, which resulted in a gap along the trail. Our Board declared the damage an emergency, which prompted immediate action to conduct erosion repair. That trail was closed  for emergency repairs to prevent further damage.

The current bike and pedestrian route is similar to the one used last year, which directs trail users to Yuba Drive and El Camino Real. See the detour map below. Please use caution when approaching the work area and be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the project site.

Typical construction equipment such as a roller compactor, excavator, and 10-wheel trucks will be used to complete the project. Depending on the progress of the repairs, work may also occur on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Once completed, the trail will reopen to the public for recreational use.

For questions about this project, please contact: Project Manager Kevin Sibley at 408-630-3141 or via email at [email protected].


San Jose & Milpitas:  Temporary Closure on Portions of Coyote Creek Trail - As of Friday, October 12, the project is complete and the trails are open

Portions of the Coyote Trail will be closed immediately upstream and downstream of Highway 237 in the cities of San Jose and Milpitas due to planned levee repair work. Construction is scheduled to begin on June 15, 2018 and run through the first week of October. Work hours will range from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in accordance with local ordinances and permits. Trail ways adjacent to the construction sites will be closed for the duration of the construction period.

To receive proactive emails on this project, please sign up at Access Valley Water.  Alternatively, contact Hope Abe at (408)630-3063 or at [email protected]

Stevens Creek bank erosion project trail map

Current Traffic Impacts

Morgan Hill: Main Avenue and Madrone Pipeline Restoration Project: Phase 1 construction February 2018 - June 2018

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has begun work on the Main Avenue and Madrone Pipeline Restoration Project in Morgan Hill.

Construction hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The district will construct this project within the Cochrane Road, East Main Avenue and Half Road public rights-of-way. The district will implement temporary vehicular and pedestrian traffic control to facilitate the safe construction of the project. The public will continue to have access to residential, commercial, agricultural and recreational properties and facilities throughout the project.

Expect traffic delays due to construction related activities. Please use caution when traveling through construction areas and take alternate routes when possible. During construction of phase 1, Peet Road should be used to bypass construction on Cochrane Road between Half Road and Cochrane Road. Elm Road should be used to bypass construction on Cochrane Road between Half Road and East Main Avenue.

For more information about this project, please visit the project webpage, or contact Emily Gross at 408-630-2415 or [email protected].


Mountain View: Temporary Closure of Mountain View Avenue through October, Lane Reductions on Park Drive, Miramonte and Mountain View Avenues  

Progress on the Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project continues to move ahead, with channel widening work along Permanente and Hale Creeks. The overall Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project will provide natural flood protection for approximately 2,200 properties in Mountain View and Los Altos. Investing in flood protection projects reduces the risk of flooding and keeps communities safe.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District, along with the cities of Mountain View and Los Altos, are working together to minimize construction impacts as much as practical and in accordance with city ordinances.

The Mountain View Avenue culvert, the reinforced concrete structure that allows Hale Creek water to flow under Mountain View Avenue, will be replaced to accommodate waters from a 100-year flood. The work requires detouring traffic from Mountain View Avenue, between Raymundo Avenue and Arroyo Road, from May to October. Commuters will be directed to Springer Road to reach destinations on Raymundo Avenue and Arroyo Road.

McKelvey Park Lane Closures

Expect street paving work to occur on sections of Mountain View Ave., Park Dr., and areas of Miramonte Ave. that surround McKelvey Park. The work includes preparation activities and lane reductions, and is scheduled to begin early July and conclude in mid-August 2018, before nearby students are expected to return to school. During street lane closures, Miramonte Ave will reopen by 3 p.m., with both Park Dr. and Mountain View Ave. reopening by 4 p.m. 


For your safety, please follow all traffic control and other signage around the project site.

To learn more about this project, visit the  Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project webpage or contact Jose Villarreal at [email protected] or 408-755-0333.