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Construction to Begin on Complete Streets Redesign of Observer Highway

Observer Highway Plan
Beginning on or about Monday, April 27, 2015, construction will begin on the Observer Highway complete streets redesign project. The improvements along Observer Highway will include new synchronized traffic signals and dedicated left turn lanes that will create a more organized, efficient, and safer driving experience. Between 2010 and 2012, there were an average of 37 crashes per year along Observer Highway. The new design will reduce traffic delays and prevent collisions. Along with these essential changes, the Observer Highway and Vezzetti Way corridor will be converted to a more pedestrian-friendly street with new, redesigned crosswalk signals and other pedestrian safety improvements as well as a two-way protected bike lane.

“I am very proud that this project, fully-funded through grants, will create an attractive and safe gateway into Hoboken for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit riders of all ages and abilities,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While the main purpose of this project is to make the street safer, it will also have the benefit of reducing traffic delays along one of our busiest corridors.”

The project, which will also include a redesign of a portion of Newark Street later this year, costs $2.7 million and is completely funded by grants. The majority of the funding was secured by Senator Robert Menendez through a $2 million Congressional earmark for Observer Highway and a $240,000 earmark for Newark Street. Hoboken was fortunate to have access to these funds as cities across the United States are now no longer afforded Congressional earmarks.

Hoboken to Enhance Bicycle Network with $530,000 NJDOT Grant

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Hoboken a $530,000 Transportation Alternatives Grant for the City’s bicycle network. The grant will allow the City to stripe nearly 15 miles of dedicated bike lanes and shared bike lanes in long-lasting thermoplastic paint.

“With the launch of our bike share program and significant pedestrian safety improvements coming this spring, the relaunch of our Hop system with new buses, and the expansion and improvement of our bicycle network thanks to this grant, Hoboken is providing a variety of safer, healthier, and greener transportation options for our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Bike lanes don’t just benefit bikes – they have traffic calming benefits that make streets safer for everyone and are one part of an overall transportation approach to make getting around Hoboken safer and more convenient for those who walk, bike, take public transportation, and drive.”

Once implemented, 75% of municipal roadways in Hoboken will have either bike lanes or shared lane markings. Most Hoboken bike lanes are currently striped in standard traffic marking paint, which requires frequent re-painting. Thermoplastic is much more reflective than paint, so bike lanes will be more visible at night. The City will also realize cost savings on maintenance since thermoplastic has a life expectancy up to 8 times longer than paint.

“Hoboken continues to be the example all other municipalities should follow in its efforts to reduce congestion, decrease carbon emissions and improve connectivity with alternate modes of transportation,” said Jay DiDomenico, Director of the Hudson Transportation Management Association. “Hoboken’s continuing dedication to expanding bike lanes improves mobility and furthers its reputation as a healthy and progressive community.”

Reminder: Street Cleaning Enforcement in Effect

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Drivers are reminded that street cleaning enforcement will be in effect on Monday, February 9, 2015 and throughout the week so that crews can continue to clear snow from parking lanes.

Due to a series of weekend snow storms, the Monday side of roads have not been cleared of snow in several weeks, so it is important that residents move their vehicles during posted street cleaning hours.

The National Weather Service is predicting up to 1 to 3 inches of snow and ice from Sunday into Tuesday morning. Crews will be plowing and salting roads as needed, and additional crews will use payloader tractors to clear snow and ice from parking lanes.

Street Cleaning Enforcement Resumes Tuesday; Recycling Pickup on Schedule


Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will resume on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 so that crews can clear snow from parking lanes.

Recycling pickup will take place tonight as scheduled.

Discounted rate parking in municipal garages is extended until Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00pm for vehicles currently in the garage at the reduced rate.

Drivers Reminded to Move Vehicles from Snow Emergency Routes

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** Discounted Garage Parking Available; Street Cleaning Suspended Monday, in Effect Tuesday **

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area from Sunday evening into Monday evening with a forecast for snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches and a quarter inch of ice.

Snow Emergency Routes
Residents are reminded that parking is prohibited on all snow emergency routes when they are snow-covered. Vehicles parked on snow routes will be towed once the snow begins this evening. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances for the safety and welfare of all our citizens.

Hoboken Street Cleaning Enforcement to Resume Wednesday, January 28 for Snow Clearing Operations

UPDATE (Jan 27, 2:00pm): Parking is permitted on all snow emergency roads. Parking is also permitted on the eastern half of Vezetti Way (from Willow Ave to Washington St).

Enforcement of alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations is suspended today, January 27, 2015 but will resume on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in order for plows to clear snow from parking lanes. It is critical that vehicles be removed in order to effectively clear snow.

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.

Hoboken City Hall is open on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes and Vezzetti Way until further notice. Discounted rate parking in municipal garages is extended until Wednesday, January 28 at 8:00pm for vehicles currently in the garage in order to keep as many cars off the road as possible. Garbage pickup will resume on a normal schedule effective Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

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. Inspectors will be issuing fines to violators this afternoon. 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.

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 has resumed service and 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.

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.

Hoboken Travel Ban In Effect as of 9:00pm


For the safety of all citizens, a vehicular travel ban will be in effect for the City of Hoboken as of 9:00pm on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Vehicular traffic will be restricted only to public safety personnel, medical professionals, mass transit operators, and public works and sanitation personnel. Vehicular travel by all others is restricted until further notice.

Stranded vehicles will hinder emergency response and plowing operations.

The City appreciates the community’s cooperation with moving cars from snow emergency routes. Parking in snow emergency routes remains prohibited until further notice.

As a reminder, all non-emergency questions and concerns can be reported to Emergency Operations Center by calling 201-239-6644.

PATH service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning at 9pm and will be suspended at 11pm until further notice.

The Hoboken Parking Utility will close on Monday at 8pm and reopen on Tuesday at 9:30am.

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.

No Street Sweeping Enforcement Friday, January 9


Enforcement of street cleaning regulations is suspended for Friday, January 9, 2014. All other parking regulations remain in effect and will be enforced.