Hoboken’s Weekly Quality of Life Projects Update

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla provided the following community update on quality of life projects and this week’s construction schedule:

The City of Hoboken is continuing with a number of quality of life projects this week. Below are construction updates on the City’s complete streets and Vision Zero improvements, construction on the 5-acre Northwest Resiliency Park and flood infrastructure, new playground safety surface at Elysian Park, roadway resurfacing for the water infrastructure upgrades project, and utility maintenance by SUEZ, NHSA, and PSE&G.

To see a map of active road closures in Hoboken, visit streets.populus.ai/hoboken/closures.

Complete Streets and Vision Zero improvements on Grand Street, 7th Street, 12th Street, and Willow Avenue

The City will be improving Grand Street, 7th Street, and 12th Street with the following complete streets 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 City will be resurfacing Grand Street between 9th Street and Observer Highway, 7th Street between Monroe Street and Hudson Street, and 12th Street between Adams Street and Willow Avenue from 10/27/20 through 10/30/20 during the hours of 8am – 6pm. These roads will be closed during these hours, and parking will be restricted on both sides.

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

Hudson County will be resurfacing Willow Avenue between 14th Street and the northern Hoboken City boundary with Weehawken overnight on 10/28/20 and 10/29/20 during the hours of 7pm – 5am. Willow Avenue will be closed during these hours, and this work is being done overnight to minimize traffic impacts. Parking will be restricted on both sides of Willow Avenue from 14th to 16th Streets.

Hudson County will be installing ADA-compliant curb ramps on the west side of Willow Avenue between 11th Street and Observer Highway from 10/28/20 through 10/30/20 during the hours of 8am – 6pm. No road closures are anticipated, unless as directed by police on site. Parking will be restricted near intersections.

Northwest Resiliency Park

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 contractor will undertake the following activities during the week of 10/26/2020 – 10/30/2020:

  • Continue site drainage piping to the one million gallon tank
  • Load out upper bracing material for the tank excavation support system
  • Begin backfilling the tank area
  • Continue cutting steel piles, and welding pile cap plates

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

Elysian Park Playground Safety Surface

The northern playground remains closed as the safety surface installation is underway and the drainage system installation is complete. The safety surface installation will continue through the week of 10/26 during the hours of 8am – 6pm. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October due to weather delays.

Water Infrastructure Upgrades

The City continues with the first phase of its water main replacement project, which has replaced a total of 15 blocks, or nearly 7,000 linear feet of Hoboken’s oldest water mains. All water main construction has been completed, and final roadway restoration and complete streets improvements are underway. The following activities are anticipated the week of 10/26/2020 to 10/30/2020:

  • Monday 10/26/2020 and Tuesday 10/28/20: Bloomfield Street between 2nd Street and 4th Street may be closed at times during the hours of 8am – 4pm for resurfacing. Residents should avoid walking on the sticky tack coat and hot pavement during these work hours.

The construction of the water mains utilized 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

The Contractor for this project is J.Fletcher Creamer, and the Construction Manager is CDM Smith/ENGenuity. The City of Hoboken Engineering Division is overseeing project coordination. A full-time inspector will be on site daily from CDM Smith and ENGenuity Infrastructure overseeing construction. They are also available to assist in any questions you may have. Thank you for your patience during construction. Please email questions to water@hobokennj.gov.

SUEZ Routine Water Infrastructure Maintenance and Outage Alerts

To see if SUEZ is working in your area and if your service may be affected, please enter your address into the SUEZ Water Advisory Map, please check the “Outage & Alerts Map” at: https://www.mysuezwater.com/water-in-my-area/water-alerts-map/New%2520Jersey

SUEZ will be performing a test shut down on First Street between Park Avenue and Garden Street on Monday 10/26/20 between 7:30am – 3:30pm. Water service may be interrupted for a period of 30 minutes. Buildings that may be affected have been notified by door posting.

SUEZ Aqueduct Repair

SUEZ will be conducting necessary repairs to the Jersey City aqueduct on behalf of the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority. This aqueduct is the primary source of water supply and distribution for the City of Hoboken. Improving this critical piece of infrastructure will enhance service reliability for all customers. This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 26, weather permitting.

This project is estimated to take approximately 7 days. During this time customers may experience discoloration in water. In an effort to limit any discolored water, SUEZ will be monitoring water quality conditions throughout the repair. Should you experience any discoloration, please note it should not last for more than one to two hours. If you see discolored water, run your cold water until it clears. If your water does not run clear after two hours, please contact the Suez 24-hour customer service number at 1-800-422-0141.

Water quality parameters while this work is conducted will still be met. However, SUEZ does not recommend washing white clothes if you notice discolored water. SUEZ and the City of Hoboken kindly ask for your patience and support as they complete this necessary upgrade as quickly and safely as possible.

NHSA Routine Sewer Maintenance on Washington Street and Willow Avenue

North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) will perform reconstructive lining of combined sewers on Washington Street to repair and maintain their system. NHSA will be sending a camera through the sewer line on Washington Street between 11th Street and 14th Street on 10/27 during the hours of 8am – 4pm. No road closures are anticipated. Parking will be restricted on both sides of Washington Street from 12th Street to 14th Street, and the west side of Washington Street between 11th Street and 12th Street.

NHSA will also be cleaning the sewer line on Willow Avenue between 9th Street and 11th Street on 10/27/20 during the hours of 8am – 4pm. No road closures are anticipated. Parking will be restricted on the east side of Willow Avenue during this time.

PSE&G Tree Trimming

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) will proactively trim trees throughout Hoboken beginning November. This necessary tree work is part of regular maintenance and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2020, weather permitting. Tree work does not include the removal of any trees, only trimming (pruning) to ensure proper clearances that are required by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

Keeping power lines clear of vegetation is crucial to the safety and reliability of electric service. Trees are trimmed because branches and trees that contact power lines are one of the prime causes of electric outages. Additionally, branches create pathways to electric conductors for small animals. PSE&G is mandated by the NJ BPU to conduct vegetation management on a four-year cycle to help ensure electric safety and reliability.

Asplundh Tree Company is the contractor that will conduct this work. The work will be performed by experienced and certified tree trimmers at no additional cost to residents or customers. Asplundh has started contacting customers and posting signs throughout the area.

For more information about PSE&G’s vegetation management program and standards adopted by the International Society of Arboriculture and the Tree Care Industry Association, please visit: https://nj.pseg.com/safetyandreliability/reliability/treetrimming.

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.