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City of Hoboken Announces Road Repair and Repaving Plan

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The City of Hoboken is implementing a faster, more efficient, less expensive, and longer-lasting approach to repairing potholes and will be completely repaving more than 50 blocks of roadway beginning this spring.

The City has contracted for “Pothole Killer” trucks to make repairs city-wide. With spray injection technology, a single vehicle operator controls a hydraulic boom, which clears the pothole of debris, applies liquid asphalt to fill and seal it, and then tops it off with a dry aggregate coating. The whole process takes roughly 90 seconds per pothole.

“I thank Director Pellegrini for bringing this great new technology to Hoboken that will save us money and make long-lasting repairs faster than ever before,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re committed to quickly completing these repairs and repaving more than 50 blocks of our worst roads this spring.”

In three days in January and two in April, a single Pothole Killer truck filled nearly 1,000 potholes. The truck will continue to be used to make repairs in the days ahead. Residents can assist by reporting potholes via www.hoboken311.com or through the Hoboken 311 application for iOS and Android. The City is coordinating with Hudson County for repairs to County roads, especially 1st Street and Observer Highway.

“In the past, we used cold patch to temporarily repair potholes and then had to make permanent repairs in the spring with hot asphalt when the asphalt plants opened,” said Environmental Services Director Leo Pellegrini. “To make matters worse, the cold patch material would often be ripped out, requiring us to contract for heavy duty equipment to vacuum up the gravel and rocks from roads. This new approach eliminates an entire step and is faster, safer, less expensive, and even works in below freezing temperatures. In addition, by not tying up our resources on repairing potholes, our crews are all focused on cleaning up our streets now that all the snow has melted.”

Street Cleaning Enforcement Suspended for Thursday, March 5


Due to the forecast for snow, street cleaning enforcement will be suspended for Thursday, March 5, 2015 so that crews can focus on salting and plowing roads. Enforcement will resume on Friday, March 6, 2015. All other parking regulations remain in effect.

Due to the weather, PSE&G will not be conducting work on the Energy Strong project on Thursday. As a result, Temporary No Parking signs posted on the following streets can be disregarded for Thursday, March 5, 2015:

• Washington St (5th – 8th) West Side
• Washington St (8th – 9th) East Side
• Washington St (9th – 10th)
• Washington St (10th – 11th) East Side
• Washington St (11th – 13th) West Side
• Washington St (13th – 14th)
• 9th St (Hudson – Washington)
• 12th St (Hudson – Washington)
• 12th St (Bloomfield – Willow)
• 14th St (Washington – Bloomfield)
• Willow Ave (6th – 9th)
• Willlow Ave (9th – 11th)
• Grand St (5th – 6th)

Travel Ban Lifted; No Parking on Snow Routes


The travel ban in Hoboken and the State of New Jersey has been lifted as of 7:30am. If driving, please exercise caution. Crews continue to spread salt, but roads may remain icy due to low temperatures.

Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes until further notice. Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations are suspended today, January 27, 2015. All other parking rules remain in effect.

PATH Service will be restored at 9:30am on a weekend schedule, Newark – WTC & JSQ – 33 via Hoboken, operating every 15 minutes. Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels have reopened.

NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is running on a weekend schedule. NJ Transit buses in North Jersey will resume by 11:00am. NJ Transit rail service will resume later this afternoon after mandatory federal inspections are complete.

Garbage pickup will resume on a normal schedule.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.org/snow. Inspectors will be checking for uncleared sidewalks as of noon.

Winter Weather Advisory – Plan for Icy Monday Commute

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area from 3am to 1pm on Monday, January 12, 2014. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is forecast, with up to an inch of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice. Hazardous travel is expected due to icy roadways so please plan extra time for the morning commute.

The City of Hoboken will spread salt brine on streets this afternoon in anticipation of the icy weather, so streets may appear white. Pre-treating roads prevents snow and ice from bonding with the pavement. All parking regulations, including street cleaning, will be in effect on Monday, January 12, 2014. If conditions change, an additional announcement will be made.

City Moves Forward on New Pump to Alleviate Flooding in Western Hoboken

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On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to fund the construction of Hoboken’s second flood pump. The 40 million gallon per day H-5 wet weather pump station with emergency generator will alleviate flooding in western Hoboken, including the area around ShopRite.

“This flood pump is part of the ‘Discharge’ component of the comprehensive ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ strategy to make Hoboken more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank members of the community and all City Council members for their support for this project. While the City implements the Delay, Store and Discharge elements of the plan through pumps, rain gardens, green roofs, and new parks designed to absorb and hold stormwater, we look forward to working with the State to create coastal defense by implementing the ‘Resist’ strategy with the $230 million won through the Rebuild by Design competition.”

The pump, along with a pilot City Hall green infrastructure project featuring large cisterns and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff, will be financed by an $11.9 million low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust which includes 19% principal forgiveness.

Winter Storm Watch Issued; Residents and Businesses Reminded to Prepare for Winter Weather

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00am to Thursday, November 28 at 7:00am and 4 to 8 inches of snow are forecast. Residents and businesses are reminded to prepare for winter weather and be aware of related regulations and procedures.

Individuals are encouraged to monitor news reports and weather forecasts and to sign up to receive free email or text updates from the City by visiting www.hobokennj.org/alerts.

Household Hazardous Waste Event – Sunday, Oct 5, 9am-1pm


Hudson County Improvement Authority’s Fall Household Hazardous Waste Event will take place on Sunday, October 5 from 9am to 1pm at the Hoboken Municipal Garage, located on Willow Avenue & Observer Highway.

Hazardous wastes are items found in our homes, garages and outdoor sheds that are dangerous to our environment and cannot be disposed of in our everyday trash. For example, pesticides and solvents are dangerous substances that when inhaled or consumed can be life threatening. That is why the HCIA runs its semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program to help residents rid their homes of these materials.

City of Hoboken Receives Approval for Loan to Build Flood Pump

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The City of Hoboken’s application for a low interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, in partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority, has been approved by the State of New Jersey. The $11.7 million loan will pay for the construction of Hoboken’s second wet weather pump station (WWPS) to be built underground near 11th Street and Hudson Street. The wet weather pump station will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained by the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) on a long-term lease from the City.

“We are very pleased that our application for this critical flood pump was approved by the State,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The latest National Climate Assessment confirms what we have all been experiencing first-hand — heavy rain events in the Northeast have increased more than 70% in the last 50 years, and when those downpours occur near high tide, we flood. This pump will help alleviate flooding in Northwest Hoboken, particularly in the area around ShopRite, as part of an integrated four-part ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ water management strategy.”

Free Rain Barrels Available for Hoboken Residents – Workshop on Saturday, August 2nd

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The City of Hoboken will host its second Rain Barrel Installation Workshop on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 11:00am to 12:30pm and will be providing a free rain barrel to the first 25 Hoboken residents who register and participate. To sign up, visit www.hobokennj.org/greenteam/rainbarrel.

Rain barrels can be used to capture stormwater runoff that otherwise would have gone directly into the sewer system. The stored water can later be used for gardening or other uses. Every gallon of water kept out of the sewer system through green roofs, rain barrels, street trees, rain gardens, porous pavers, and other green infrastructure helps to reduce flooding.

The workshop, which will provide information on maintaining a rain barrel, including keeping it free of mosquitoes, is open to all Hoboken residents interested in installing a rain barrel on their property. Participants will retrofit a 55 gallon recycled food grade plastic drum into a fully functional rain barrel and will receive a free rain barrel at the conclusion of the workshop.

Sewer Replacement Project to Begin on Jackson Street on August 4th

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The North Hudson Sewerage Authority will begin work on Monday, August 4, 2014 to replace three blocks of combined sewer along Jackson Street, from Newark Street to 1st Street. The work is expected to last approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

The existing wooden box sewer, which was constructed in the 1870’s, has deteriorated and partially collapsed, creating blockages in the combined sewer system, which adversely affects drainage in the area. The result of the project will be improved drainage which will help to alleviate local flooding. With the exception of this section of sewer, almost all of the sewer system in Southwest Hoboken has been rehabilitated by the Authority during the last decade.

Construction will take place in three phases as noted below, with each phase taking approximately 2 to 3 weeks to complete. For each phase, parking will be prohibited 24/7 on both sides along the corresponding block. Police will be on site at all times during construction to provide traffic control. The Authority will coordinate with the local businesses and residents to allow driveway access.