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Park Ave Bridge Rehabilitation Will Impact Traffic in North Hoboken During Summer

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Hudson County will begin the rehabilitation of the Park Avenue bridge between Hoboken and Weehawken on July 5th. An announcement from the County regarding the project, including traffic impacts, is included below.

The County has decided that during construction the Park Avenue bridge will be configured as a one-way southbound road. As a result, the Willow Avenue bridge will be the only northbound route out of Hoboken. Drivers should plan for significant traffic delays, consider alternate routes, adjust work hours or telecommute if possible, use public transportation, and provide extra travel time.

It is likely that this configuration will result in increased congestion when exiting Hoboken towards Weehawken, especially during the morning rush hour. At Mayor Zimmer’s request, the County has agreed to evaluate the traffic impact during the first few weeks of construction to determine if changes are needed to the detour plan in order to facilitate the efficient northbound flow of traffic.

Public input will be important to the traffic evaluation conducted by the County so Hoboken residents affected by the detour plan should provide their feedback to County Executive DeGise, Freeholder Romano, Mayor Zimmer, and 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

County Executive DeGise & Freeholder Romano: http://www.hudsoncountynj.org/online-directory/
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s Chief of Staff: vchaudhuri@hobokennj.gov
Hoboken Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher – hoboken2nd@gmail.com

Announcement from Hudson County:

Park Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Begins July 5th; Southbound Traffic Only Thru Sept. 13th

The Hudson County Roads Department will begin the rehabilitation of the Park Avenue Bridge connecting Hoboken and Weehawken near the entryway to the Lincoln Tunnel, on Tuesday, July 5th.

The bridge, which spans over Harbor Boulevard from 16th Street to 19th Street to connect Park Avenue in Hoboken to John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Weehawken, will undergo a complete concrete deck rehabilitation, replacement of its plug joints to its armored joints, curb improvements, painting work, and roadway striping.

The anticipated completion date of the project is September 13th, 2016. Throughout the rehabilitation, one side of the bridge will remain open allowing one lane of traffic to operate in one direction, while the other side of the bridge is under construction. Traffic will only be allowed southbound however on either side of the bridge.

The first stage of construction will close the east side of the bridge from July 5th through August 8th. The second stage will close the west side of the bridge from August 9th through September 13th.

A traffic detour plan will move cars diverted from the Bridge’s under-construction lane through local streets. Traffic control and traffic direction will be provided by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Hoboken and Weehawken Police Departments, following specifications agreed to by County and municipal engineering officials and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

Street closures will be controlled by order of the municipalities. Hoboken has ordered the following closures to direct traffic to Willow Avenue and away from Park Avenue:

– Park Ave at 13th north bound closed (rush hours only, 6am-10am & 4pm-7pm)
– Park Ave at 14th north bound closed
– Park Ave at 15th north bound closed
– Clinton Street between 15th and 16th street closed (rush hours only 6am-10am & 4pm-7pm)
– 16th Street from Grand Street to Willow Ave closed (only during rush hours 6am-10am & 4pm-7pm)

All construction work will be conducted in daytime, six days per week, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The contractor for the project is Sparwick Contracting, Inc., of Lafayette, NJ. The project cost is $1,062,067.00, funded by NJDOT.

Parkmobile Partners with City of Hoboken to Bring Mobile Payments for Parking to the Entire City

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Coming Soon Parkmobile mobile app will allow customers to use their mobile devices to easily pay for parking–Supplements the use of credit cards or coins

Parkmobile, LLC and the City of Hoboken announced today a program that will soon allow customers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at approximately 900 metered spaces throughout Hoboken. The service will be launched over the next month throughout the city. Customers can pay for parking with their cell phone using Parkmobile’s mobile applications for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones.

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session. Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.

“We look forward to launching pay by phone with Parkmobile to provide Hoboken residents and visitors with a new convenient parking option,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “If you decide to do some more shopping or stay for a movie after dinner, you will be able to add more time directly from your phone without going back to the meter.”

“Parkmobile is honored to partner with a city that is a progressive city,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of Parkmobile. “We are thrilled to partner with the City of Hoboken to offer this technology, which enhances the parking experience by eliminating the need to swipe a card or feed coins to a meter. Parkmobile looks forward to working with Hoboken over the coming weeks to offer drivers a more robust means of parking.”

Parkmobile is in use in communities throughout the region including Newark, Union City, West New York, Bloomfield, Montclair, Summit, Chatham, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, New Brunswick, and other major cities including Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. In February, New York City DOT awarded a contract to Parkmobile to allow mobile payment at all metered spaces across all five boroughs.

With the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country and 5 million people using Parkmobile’s services over 30 million times per year, Parkmobile is excited to make a difference leveraging our large network of users. Parkmobile’s mobile payment solution is an added payment option and is intended to complement existing parking payment options. All existing forms of payment (credit and debit cards, coins, and bills) are still valid for meter use.

About Parkmobile
Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking and mobility related services. The Parkmobile network is available in more than 2,000 locations, including 35 of the top 100 cities in the U.S. It is the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country with over 5 million people using Parkmobile’s services over 30 million times per year. Parkmobile’s services include on-street parking, off-street parking deck, airport and event reservations and municipal parking permit solutions. Parkmobile serves over 20 airports as well as provides reserved parking solutions for private operators, the Super Bowl, the College Football Championship Series, Fenway Park, FedEx Field and Nationwide Arena, to name a few. For more information, visit us at www.parkmobile.com, on Twitter @Parkmobile, or facebook.com/Parkmobile.

Mayor Zimmer, Hoboken Officials & Business Owners Inaugurate New Plaza

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Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined by Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, Council President Jen Giattino, other members of the City Council, and local business owners to cut the ribbon to inaugurate Hoboken’s new Newark Street plaza.

“Streets make up the vast majority of our public space, and this project reclaims a portion of the street to create a dynamic public space for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This project builds upon Hoboken’s reputation as one of the most walk-friendly cities in the country by creating safer intersections, wider sidewalks, and new gathering space. The new plaza will be a great place to relax, read a book, or enjoy an outdoor lunch from the many great nearby food options.”

The plaza is part of a safety redesign of Newark Street between Washington Street and Hudson Street. The new plaza includes street trees, bistro tables and chairs, and Adirondack chairs and creates a new public space at the busy corner of Newark Street and Washington Street.

“Hoboken’s unique vitality and livability is tied to a great extent to its outstanding streetscape,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “That is why we were so pleased to work in partnership to add this new plaza to Newark Street, which is actually a county road right in the heart of downtown Hoboken.”

Other project features include:

• A widened sidewalk on the south side of the street to accommodate more than 3,000 pedestrians during peak periods.
• Curb bumpouts at corners to improve pedestrian safety by extending the sidewalk, reducing pedestrian crossing distances, and improving intersection visibility.
• Restoration of the historic Belgian block roadway to emphasize the street’s historic character and naturally calm traffic.

Funding for the project was secured by Senator Robert Menendez through a $240,000 federal appropriation and through $118,000 grant from the NJ DOT through the Transportation Enhancement Program. The project was managed by Hudson County and designed in collaboration with the City of Hoboken.

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PSE&G to Begin Milling and Paving Repair Work

Updated paving schedule for Thursday, May 12th:

• Park Ave (6th St – 11th St)

(no milling work scheduled for Thursday)

Updated milling schedule for Wednesday, May 11th:

• Park Ave (6th St – 11th St)
• Clinton St (6th St – 7th St)
• 7th St (Clinton St – Garden St)

PSE&G will begin the third phase of milling and paving work to repair trenches created during the installation of new gas mains as part of the Energy Strong program. The Energy Strong project replaced 31,000 linear feet of low pressure old cast iron mains in or near flood areas with new plastic pipe which operate at a higher pressure that prevents water from entering mains, increasing the reliability of gas service. A fourth phase of milling and paving will take place in the near future.

Parking will be prohibited on both sides of the street during milling and paving. Milling is scheduled to take place Monday, May 9th through Wednesday, May 11th, weather permitting, on the following streets:

Monday, May 9th
• Garden St (6th St – 9th St)
• 9th St (Garden St – Clinton St)

Tuesday, May 10th
• Park Ave (6th St – 11th St)

Wednesday, May 11th
• Grand St (5th St – 6th St)
• Clinton St (6th St – 7th St)
• 7th St (Clinton St – Garden St)
• Both ends of Willow Terrace beyond cobblestone

Paving is scheduled to take place from Thursday, May 12th through Monday, May 16th, weather permitting, on the following streets:

Thursday, May 12th
• Park Ave (6th St – 11th St) – weather permitting

Friday, May 13th
• Garden St (6th St – 9th St)
• 9th St (Garden St – Clinton St)

Monday, May 16th
• Grand St (5th St – 6th St)
• Clinton St (6th St -7th St)
• 7th St (Clinton St – Garden St)
• Both ends of Willow Terrace beyond cobblestone

Please note that the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

On Earth Day Weekend, Hoboken Pilots Temporary Connection in Waterfront Walkway Gap

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Beginning on Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, and throughout the rest of the weekend, the City of Hoboken will temporarily complete the largest remaining gap in the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway adjacent to Union Dry Dock with a protected multiuse path. The path along Sinatra Drive will begin near the skate park and extend to the intersection with Sinatra Drive North for use by pedestrians and bicyclists, similar to most of the existing waterfront walkway.

In addition, Hudson Bike Share will offer a “Ride for Earth, Ride for Free” day on Saturday, April 23rd. After registering for a free account at hudsonbikeshare.com or through the nextbike mobile app, riders will be able to take an unlimited number of free 30 minute rides all day. Upon registration, a debit or credit card will be required in case of overages or bicycle damage. A $1 deposit to confirm validity of the card will be available for future purchases or refunded if unused in the first two weeks.

Bike Hoboken, Don’t Sit Home, and Hudson Bike Share are partnering for a group ride on Saturday, April 23rd to take advantage of Hudson Bike Share’s “Ride for Earth, Ride for Free” day and the completed waterfront path. For event information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/825261290911378.

The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is envisioned as a continuous 18.5 mile multiuse waterfront corridor from Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge. Major sections of the walkway in Hoboken have been completed in recent years including the connection at Weehawken Cove, the reconstruction of Sinatra Park, and a segment adjacent to the Stevens Institute of Technology lot. The last major uncompleted segment in Hoboken is along a section of industrial waterfront owned by Union Dry Dock. In this area, a very narrow sidewalk is shared by thousands of people who enjoy the waterfront.

The temporary multiuse path will occupy the parking lane on the east side of Sinatra Drive from the skate park to Sinatra Drive North and will be delineated with barricades and cones.

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Free Bike Share Memberships Available for Hoboken Housing Authority Residents

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Residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority and recipients of Section 8 housing vouchers who live in Hoboken are invited to apply for a free Hudson Bike Share annual membership. Thanks to the support of program sponsors, 100 free memberships are being provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We know that lower-income households make up the majority of bicycle riders, but they are often under-represented among bike share programs,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With stations located in every neighborhood and free and discounted memberships available, we are making equity and access key priorities of the Hudson Bike Share system.”

Residents can apply online at www.hudsonbikeshare.com/hha or in person at the HHA main office at 400 Harrison Street. After applying, Hudson Bike Share will confirm residency with the Hoboken Housing Authority. Yearly members are entitled to unlimited 45 minute rentals. A map of station locations is available at www.hudsonbikeshare.com/stations.

Once all free memberships have been distributed, discounted memberships at a rate of $60 per year will remain available for all residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority and Hoboken recipients of Section 8 vouchers.

Hudson Bike Share is a bike share program with 27 stations and 250 bicycles sponsored by Carepoint Health, Bijou Properties, SUEZ North America, Zipcar, Investors Bank, and Keller Williams City Life Realty.

Hoboken Asks Commuters to Plan for Travel Delays During Possible Rail Stoppage Starting March 13

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The City of Hoboken has been coordinating with NJ Transit and other agencies in preparation for a possible strike by NJ Transit rail workers beginning on Sunday, March 13, 2016. A strike would result in the complete suspension of all NJ Transit rail service which is expected to result in significant disruptions throughout the region’s transportation system. PATH, NY Waterway, and NJ Transit bus and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail would continue to operate, with the rerouting of the NJ Transit 126 bus route to Hoboken Terminal. In the case of a work stoppage, NJ Transit will implement a contingency plan that would accommodate about 38% of NY-bound passengers. For details on the plan, visit http://njtransit.com/railstoppage.
While all commuters should plan for travel delays, for the least disruptive commute to New York, riders should consider traveling via ferries or along the Hoboken to World Trade Center PATH line.

NJ Transit 126 Bus Route
To avoid major commuting delays due to traffic congestion and delays at the Lincoln Tunnel, NJ Transit 126 bus customers are urged to commute to Manhattan via ferry or PATH service. The 126 bus route in Hoboken will operate on a reverse routing on weekday mornings, beginning at Willow Avenue and 19th Street and operating south to Hoboken Terminal via Willow Avenue and Washington Street for cross honoring with PATH and ferry service. During evening commutes, the bus route will go from Hoboken Terminal to Willow Avenue and 19th Street via Clinton Street and Washington Street. The 126 bus route will not travel to or from the Port Authority Bus Terminal during the week. Weekend service will operate on its regular route to/from New York.

Hoboken Terminal Area Traffic Restrictions
To facilitate increased bus traffic and temporary staging areas for bus loading in the Hoboken Terminal area and for the safety of the anticipated increase in pedestrian traffic, only buses, registered private shuttles, and emergency vehicles will be permitted to enter the Hoboken Terminal area. Taxis and personal vehicles will not be permitted. Vehicles will not be permitted to travel east of Washington Street at Observer Highway, south of 2nd Street on Hudson Street, or south of 1st Street on River Street. First Street will remain open.

Update on Observer Highway Repaving Project

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Last week, the contractor hired by Hudson County for the Observer Highway repaving project completed the paving of Observer Highway from Hudson Street to just west of Henderson Street. The project contract runs through April 2016, and additional work to complete the project is ongoing.

What is the purpose of the project?
Between 2010 and 2012, there were an average of 37 crashes per year along Observer Highway, making it one of the most dangerous roads in Hoboken. The project is designed to reduce the high crash rate, improve traffic conditions, and improve pedestrian safety.

When will the new traffic lights be activated?
The new signals are a key component of optimizing traffic conditions. New traffic signals have been installed at Bloomfield Street and Park Avenue, and outdated signals at Henderson Street, Willow Avenue, and Washington Street were replaced with modern signals. Wiring and activation of the new signals is underway and is expected to be completed in the next four weeks. Until the new signals are activated, the existing traffic signal at Observer Highway and Henderson Street/Marin Boulevard will be adjusted to allow for more efficient traffic flow. Police officers will be on hand on Monday to observe conditions and assist with the flow of traffic during peak periods if needed.

How will the changes affect traffic?
Once the new traffic signals are activated and the old signals are deactivated and removed, the timing of all signals will be optimized and coordinated to improve traffic conditions, particularly during peak hours. A detailed traffic analysis has been conducted indicating that travel times will be improved as a result of the roadway redesign.

The creation of dedicated left turn lanes will remove turning vehicles from through traffic, reducing backups and rear-end crashes and improving the efficiency and capacity of the roadway. Traffic cameras at intersections will activate left turn phases based on traffic volumes. Combined with the optimization of signal timing, average wait times at Observer Highway/Henderson Street are estimated to be reduced by 78% during the morning peak and by 59% during the evening peak.

When will the striping be completed?
Striping, including crosswalks, parking lanes, and dedicated turning lanes, is expected to be completed by the end of next week.

When will parking be permitted on Observer Highway?
Parking is currently permitted on the north side of Observer Highway for those with a valid Resident Parking Permit. Parking will be permitted on the south side of Observer Highway for those with a Resident Parking Permit once striping is completed in the days ahead. Those without permits or with other types of permits (business, visitor, etc) may not park along Observer Highway.

How does the project improve pedestrian safety?
Prior to the project, there was only one pedestrian crossing along Observer Highway between Washington Street and Henderson Street (at Willow Avenue), road crossings were considerably longer, and there was no protected sidewalk between Observer Highway and Newark street to the east of the firehouse. The project added pedestrian countdown timers to all signalized intersections (which will be active when the new signals are activated), high visibility crosswalks at all intersections with reduced crossing distances, new concrete pedestrian islands and ADA curb ramps, and created a new sidewalk on the north side of the intersection with Henderson Street, providing safe haven for pedestrians walking on the south side of Newark Street.

When will Vezzetti Way be paved?
The priority for the project was to complete paving of Observer Highway prior to the cold weather when paving is no longer possible. To date, Vezzetti Way has been partially paved and a 25 foot portion of Bloomfield Street also remains unpaved. The contractor is required to complete the project by April 2016. Striping of the pedestrian/bicycle path will take place once paving of Vezzetti Way is complete.

Hoboken Offers Free Parking For Holiday Shoppers

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To encourage local shopping this holiday season, the City of Hoboken is offering up to 4 hours of free garage parking in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) every Saturday and Sunday from December 5, 2015 through January 3, 2016 and every day from December 21 through December 25 for visitors who come to Hoboken to shop or dine. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

“Hoboken is a great place to shop, dine, and enjoy this holiday season,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “There are so many ways to get here by public transportation, and for those who drive, we have convenient options including valet parking and free garages for holiday shoppers.”

To receive up to 4 hours of free garage parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $25 from any Hoboken business(es) during these hours. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

As another convenient parking option, valet parking is available year-round for a flat rate of $15 on Fridays (7pm-3am), Saturdays (11am-3am), and Sundays (11am-8pm) at three locations: 58 3rd Street (between Washington St & Hudson St), 76 River Street, and 525 Sinatra Drive.

Hoboken Police Department to Expand Bicycle Education and Enforcement Initiative

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The Hoboken Police Department’s Waterfront and Parks Unit bicycle patrol officers and Traffic Bureau will soon begin the next phase of its bicycle education and enforcement campaign. In prior months, the Police Department focused efforts on bicycle deliveries, leading to a major decrease in complaints received regarding bicycle deliveries over the summer.

State law grants bicyclists all the rights and duties of motor vehicle drivers and requires them to follow all state and local automobile driving laws. City code permits bicycles on sidewalks, however bicyclists must always yield to pedestrians and ride no faster than pedestrian walking speed. State law also requires those under 17 to wear a helmet. Police officers on bicycles will focus education and enforcement efforts on those who are riding recklessly on sidewalks, riding the wrong way on one-way streets, and ignoring red lights and stop signs. The Police Department and Parking Utility will also enforce illegal parking that obstructs bicycle lanes which creates safety hazards by forcing bicyclists into traffic.

“With the increase in bicycling in Hoboken, kids back at school, and the upcoming launch of a bike share program, we want to remind the community about the rules of the road and make sure that everyone is riding safely,” said Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante. “Every officer in our Waterfront and Parks Unit patrols on bike, understands the challenges faced by bicyclists and all road users, and will be using a common sense approach to educate riders and enforce rules to ensure everyone’s safety.”

In the spring, the Police Department met with restaurants that conduct food deliveries by bicycle to educate them about bicycle rules. Delivery riders were also provided with reflective vests for added visibility at night. The Hudson Bike Share program will advise riders to dismount and walk their bicycle if they need to use the sidewalk.