Hoboken Construction Update

Here’s a breakdown of the various construction projects taking place this week in the Mile Square City:

Below are construction updates on the City’s water main upgrades to replace 7,000 linear feet of Hoboken’s oldest water mains, construction on the 5-acre Northwest Resiliency Park and flood infrastructure to withhold up to 2 million gallons of rainwater, South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation, Vision Zero improvements, tree pruning on Washington Street and Jackson Street Park, new playground safety surface at Elysian Park, and the renovation of the Maxwell Park dog run to replace the existing gravel with a modern synthetic turf surface.

Water main replacement project

The City continues with the first phase of its water main replacement project, which will replace a total of 15 blocks, or 7,000 linear feet of Hoboken’s oldest water mains. The following activities are anticipated the week of 7/27/2020 to 7/31/2020:

  • Monday 7/27/2020 through Friday 7/31/2020: Monroe Street between 3rd and 4th Street will be closed at times between the hours of 8am and 5pm for the transfer of water services from the old water main to the new water main. On Friday 7/31/2020 they intend to abandon old mains at Monroe/3rd street pending completion of services on Monroe.
  • Monday 7/27/2020 through Friday 7/31/2020: Garden Street between 12th Street and 13th Street will be closed at times between the hours of 8am and 5pm for the transfer of water services from the old water main to the new water main.
  • Monday 7/27/2020: Jefferson Street from 10th to 11th Street will be closed intermittently and 11th Street from Madison to Jefferson will be closed during the hours of 8am-5pm for installation of curbs near the subsurface drainage structure.
  • Wednesday 7/29/2020 to Friday 7/31/2020: Garden Street at 4th street will be closed intermittently for concrete and curb work at the subsurface storage chamber.

The construction of the water mains utilizes low interest and interest free loans from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank and does not use funding from the 2020 municipal budget. In 2019, the City entered into a contract with SUEZ that now provides for $33 million in water main upgrades through 2034, with an average of $2.2 million invested every year.

More information about the water infrastructure upgrades project is available at https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/drinking-water-infrastructure-upgrades-phase-1

Northwest Resiliency Park and flood infrastructure

Construction continues on the 5-acre Northwest Resiliency Park, which will be New Jersey’s largest resiliency park. The park will have above and below ground infrastructure to withhold up to 2 million gallons of rainwater to help mitigate local flooding.

The following activities are anticipated this week (July 27 – 31, 2020):

  • Starting Monday, July 27 and continuing through the week the contractor will take delivery of the precast concrete modular sections for the one million gallon tank.  The modular sections will be staged on site for later installation.
  • Work will continue on removal of the cross bracing system for the tank cofferdam.
  • The contractor will begin preparing the one million gallon tank foundation slab for placement of the precast concrete modular sections
  • The dewatering and treatment system for the tank excavation will continue to operate 24 hours per day.

The City uses a combination of low interest and interest-free loans, principal forgiveness for the resiliency features, and grant money to save over $19 million over the life of the project. The Northwest Resiliency Park also utilizes the Open Space Trust Fund to pay for the construction costs of the Northwest Park, and is not utilizing any funding from the 2020 municipal budget.

More information about the Northwest Resiliency Park construction is available at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark

Complete Streets and Vision Zero improvements

Grand Street

This complete street project includes the following improvements:

  • Milling and paving
  • High-visibility crosswalks
  • Upgraded ADA ramps
  • Painted bump-outs
  • Daylighting at corners
  • Raised intersection at 9th Street/Grand Street
  • Buffered bicycle lane.

The contractor will continue with construction of pedestrian ramps along Grand Street during the week of July 27-31. They are anticipated to complete 7th Street through Bloomfield this week, then begin early next week at 7th and Hudson. They will then move to 7th and Monroe and work their way East, most likely getting to 7th and Jefferson St.

This project is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

Washington Street Tree Pruning

The Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) is partnering with the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission to improve street trees and tree pits along Washington Street.   This project will not only improve the visual aesthetics of Washington Street, but will also improve the health and longevity of Hoboken’s street trees, provide vital shade, improve cooling and air quality, and contribute to climate mitigation.

The HBA hired a certified arborist to inventory all trees on Washington Street. His recommendations included weeding and mulching tree pits, adding soil, pruning trees, and removing hazardous, dying, or dead trees and stumps. In addition, he recommended locations for expanding tree pits, planting new trees, and repairing tree guards.  These recommendations have also been reviewed and approved by the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission.

Tree work is expected to be completed within three weeks. The contractor is a New Jersey Licensed Tree Expert whose arborists and crews are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), city, and state agencies as they perform their tree work.
Unfortunately, there are instances where it has been recommended by our arborist that we remove a tree because it is either hazardous, dying or dead. The HBA plans to plant new trees at every location where trees have been removed at the appropriate time in the future.

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South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation

The South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation project will continue, with resetting pavers along the walkway next week. A new irrigation system has been installed and trees have been planted along the walkway, and all lighting at Pier A has been upgraded to LED. After the pavers are reset, benches will be installed in future weeks.

More information about the South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation Project is available at https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/south-waterfront-improvements

Maxwell Park Dog Run

The dog run at Maxwell Park remains closed through mid August to construct improvements. The water fountain near the dog run also remains closed. Upgrades include expanding the area of the dog run and replacing the gravel surface with synthetic turf, as well as adding new benches, a dual water fountain, pet waste stations, and fencing. Three trees will need to be removed for the expansion of the dog run, and six new trees will be planted.

This week (July 27 – 31, 2020), the contractor plans to complete the installation of the stone subgrade and begin the installation of the synthetic turf.

Elysian Park Playground Safety Surface

The northern playground remains closed as the safety surface has been removed to prepare for the installation of a new drainage system, followed by a new synthetic turf playground safety surface.

Construction will begin on Wednesday July 29 in the playground area to excavate for the new drainage system, continuing through the end of the week. The northern entrance of Elysian Park will be closed during construction.

Jackson Street Park Tree Pruning

Jackson Street Park, located between 1st and 2nd Streets on Jackson Street, will be closed on Friday July 31 for tree pruning.

The protection of each construction site, workers, and the general public are of the utmost priority. Contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, and suppliers are following CDC guidelines and employer policies for COVID-19 protection.

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