Are you wondering what's been going on at night on Main Street in downtown Los Gatos and its adjacent avenues?
The San Jose Water Company has been replacing the potable water pipeline for the past several weeks, all paid by Los Gatos residents' water rates and not the town's funds, explained Los Gatos Town Engineer Kevin Rohani.
"It's a 100-year-old water line," Rohani said about the infrastructure that dates back to 1896 and 1941 and has outlived its useful life and is susceptible to failure.
Rohani said the SJWC and the town sent fliers to property owners, residents and merchants along Pennsylvania, Fairview, Manzanita and Wadsworth avenues with general information about the project.
Work on the street began in mid May and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2012. The work in residential areas has been taking place 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The work on Main Street, from the bridge over Highway 17 to Bayview Avenue, has been happening at night beginning at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. and has required the closing of the road, Rohani said. "We're trying to minimize public disruption to the traffic in the downtown," he added. "This part of the project is complete."
“No-parking” signs have been posted 72 hours prior to the work indicating the dates and times during which parking is prohibited. Cars parked within areas closed will continue to be towed to allow work to progress, SJWC officials said.
There are also flagmen and other workers directing traffic to ensure the safe passage of all citizens and for the safety of our workers. Access to driveways may be temporarily impeded and accommodation will be provided to restore access as work progresses.
Details: San Jose Water Company, 408-279-7900, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.