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Upper Willow Avenue Resurfacing Features Traffic & Pedestrian Safety Improvements

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Hudson County recently completed the repaving of Willow Avenue from 11th Street to 13th Street. These two blocks, which had 64 vehicle collisions from 2008 to 2013, include an elementary school, a large senior housing population, and a pocket park. As a result, the City of Hoboken advocated that additional traffic and pedestrian safety measures be incorporated into the resurfacing of the street, and the City thanks Hudson County for working to make the street safer. The safety improvements included as part of this project include:

  • Painted textured curb extensions at corners protected by vertical delineators (flexible bollards). They provide increased space for pedestrians waiting to cross intersections, reduce crossing distances, increase pedestrian visibility, reduce vehicle speeds by narrowing the roadway, and reduce illegal parking in crosswalks.
  • High visibility, straightened out crosswalks to further shorten crossing distances and to be more visible to drivers at night. Reduced crossing distances also provide extra time for green lights.
  • “Sharrows” (shared arrows) to guide cyclists and indicate to drivers that the roadway is to be shared with bikes.
  • A striped buffer to keep bicyclists out of the car “dooring” zone.
  • Reverse (or back-in) angle parking.

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.

Free Urban Biking & Safety Skills Class To Be Held July 26

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The Hudson TMA is hosting a FREE one day Traffic Safety 101: Urban Biking & Safety Skills class for adults. The class will include both classroom and on-street instruction and will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9am to 5pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. Register online at www.hudsontma.org or by calling 201-324-56222 X3229.

 

 

Hoboken Parking Master Plan Public Meeting To Be Held June 11


Last year, the City of Hoboken hired Arup, a nationally recognized planning firm, to analyze and evaluate the City’s parking situation and prepare a city-wide parking master plan. The master plan will include recommendations for new parking facilities and a review of and recommendations regarding all parking policies, procedures, and signage.

All members of the Hoboken community are invited to a public meeting to provide input on the plan. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the conference room of the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will be open house format with a presentation at 7:00pm.

An online survey to solicit additional feedback will also be posted to the City website following the meeting.

Hoboken Community Invited to Public Workshop For Sinatra Drive Redesign

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The City of Hoboken has hired Kimley Horn to conduct a public planning process for a “complete streets” redesign of Sinatra Drive from 4th Street to 11th Street. The first public workshop will take place on Thursday, May 15 from 7pm to 9pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. 

A scenic waterfront corridor with magnificent views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline, Frank Sinatra Drive remains the only unfinished portion of Hoboken’s re-envisioned and revitalized waterfront. The City wishes to apply its “Complete Streets” policy to create a safe street that can be enjoyed by all Hoboken residents—including children, families, older adults, and people with disabilities—for walking, running, biking, and driving. The street also will incorporate “Green Streets” elements such as rain gardens to reduce stormwater run-off and flooding. 

Public Workshop #1: Defining a Shared Vision 
What’s Happening 
The City is hosting Public Workshop #1 to collect public input and understand the community’s vision for Frank Sinatra Drive. The project team will explain the project objectives and present preliminary findings—and then just listen to your ideas for the future of Frank Sinatra Drive. 

Why Attend? 
Your feedback is important! Frank Sinatra Drive has the potential to be an amazing recreational asset— we need your input to help shape the direction of this vision. 

When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 
Open House: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Presentation: 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Multi Service Center 
124 Grand Street 
Hoboken, NJ 07030 

For more information and for future updates please visitwww.hobokennj.org/sinatradrive.

Flash Flood Watch in Effect & Discounted Garage Parking Available

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. Heavy rain and rainfall totals of 3 to 4 inches or more are currently forecast, with the potential for widespread flooding in urban areas. 

The City of Hoboken is taking preparations including pre-positioning barricades to close streets as necessary. 

Residents are advised to closely monitor forecasts and make appropriate preparations, including moving their vehicles from flood-prone streets. If heavy rain beyond the capacity of Hoboken’s flood pump occurs during high tide, flooding is expected. 

Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets), Garage D (215 Hudson Street), and Midtown Garage (371 4th Street) beginning Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm through 8am on Thursday, May 1 for $5 for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard. 

Garage parking space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. When discounted parking is offered, garages frequently fill before the start of the discount period. Residents who wish to park in the garage outside of the discounted hours will be charged the regular garage fees during non-discount hours. 

A map of flood-prone areas and additional information is available on the City website:www.hobokennj.org/flooding.

Public Invited to Community Meeting for Washington Street Design Alternatives

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All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the second public meeting for the complete streets redesign of Washington Street. The meeting will be held at the Multi Service Center on Monday, May 5, 2014. There will be an open house from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and a presentation will be made at 7:00 pm.

What’s happening: The City hosted community meeting #1 on December 16, 2013 to collect public input and understand the community’s vision for Washington Street. Based on that input, existing conditions analysis and stakeholder interviews, the project team has synthesized a community vision and developed design concepts and alternatives.

Why to attend: Your feedback is important! To help pick the preferred design direction, a survey will be conducted. The designers will be on hand to present the design work and field questions from the community. 

Street Cleaning Suspended on Monday; Resumes Tuesday


Due to the forecast for snow, street cleaning enforcement will be suspended on Monday, March 3rd and is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, March 4th.

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 (to a width of 4 feet or 2/3 width of sidewalk, whichever is greater), along with adjoining wheelchair ramps, curb cuts, and gutters (2 feet into the street). The City will continue to enforce these regulations and issue fines for failure to comply. Residents are urged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors with clearing snow from their properties and are asked to “adopt” a fire hydrant on their street and keep it clean and clear of snow. It is illegal to shovel snow back onto streets or onto fire hydrants. The City is responsible for clearing sidewalks around City-owned properties.

Street Closures and Traffic Pattern Changes in Southern Hoboken


UPDATE (3:45PM): Repairs are complete and Observer Highway and Marin Boulevard/Henderson Street have been re-opened to two way traffic.
UPDATE (3:00PM): United Water expects repairs to the water main at Observer Highway to be completed by about 4:00pm today. At that time, Observer Highway and Marin Boulevard/Henderson Street will be fully reopened to traffic. Police officers will be on hand to direct traffic this evening.

UPDATE (8:20AM): Marin Boulevard/Henderson Street has been reopened to traffic in the southbound direction.
UPDATE (7:45AM): One lane of Observer Highway has been reopened to traffic in the westbound direction.

Due to a water main leak near Observer Highway and Marin Boulevard, there are various street closures and traffic pattern changes in effect. United Water crews are on the site working to resolve the issue and no customers are without water at this time.

Observer Highway is closed in both directions at this time. Crews are attempting to reopen a lane of traffic in the westbound direction.

Marin Boulevard is closed between 18th Street and Observer Highway. Drivers entering Hoboken from Jersey Avenue or Grove Street will be directed towards Jackson Street. 

Street Cleaning Resumes Monday

Street cleaning enforcement will resume on Monday, February 24. Please move vehicles from parking lanes during posted street cleaning hours.