Hoboken Quality of Life Upgrades: Northwest Resiliency Park, Sewer Upgrades, Rebuild By Design, PSE&G Substation Project And More
The City of Hoboken is continuing with a number of quality of life projects this week. Below are construction updates on the 5-acre Northwest Resiliency Park, flood infrastructure upgrades in Northwest Hoboken, $230 million Rebuild by Design project to protect from storm surge, Elysian Park Dog Run renovation, lawn maintenance in City parks, Citi Bike station installations, and PSE&G substation project. Schedules may change pending weather conditions.
To see a map of active road closures in Hoboken, visit https://streets.populus.ai/hoboken/closures
Elysian Park Dog Run
The dog run at Elysian Park will be rehabilitated in Spring 2021. Improvements include excavation of the existing surface, installation of efficient drainage, masonry rehabilitation of the fountain, and installation of synthetic K9 turf with Envirofill. The dog run will remain closed until early June.
Lawn Maintenance in Parks
The City of Hoboken is implementing an organic lawn care program at Church Square Park and Elysian Park, in partnership with the Friends of Elysian Park and Friends of Church Square Park. The focus is on improving lawns by building soil health and increasing coverage of resilient grass species. Newly seeded lawn areas at Church Square Park, Elysian Park, and 7th & Jackson Park will remain fenced off for several weeks while the seed mix germinates and new grass begins to grow. Please obey park signage to stay out of newly seeded lawn areas.
Citi Bike Docking Station Installations
During the next several weeks, Lyft will continue to install bike share docking stations as part of the expansion of the Citi Bike program into Hoboken. When complete, the expansion will bring 29 docking stations, capable of parking 300 bikes, to Hoboken. For a map of installation progress visit https://arcg.is/f9nzH. Use the Citi Bike or Lyft apps for real-time bicycle and docking space availability. To learn more about the bike share program, visit http://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/bike-share.
Rebuild by Design Hudson River Project – Sewer System Modification (SSM)
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is beginning the construction phase for the Rebuild By Design Hudson River Project – Sewer System Modifications (SSM). The following is an anticipated work schedule for the upcoming two weeks. Schedules may change due to unforeseen weather conditions. Field work will be starting the week of May 24th and will be focused on test pits to identify existing utilities.
The project team will be engaging in the following activities this week:
- Continue test pitting to confirm locations of existing utilities throughout the South and North Work Area. Test pit locations include:
- North Work Area: The intersection of Washington St. and 14th St.; Along Hudson St. from 14th St. to 12th St.
- South Work Area: The intersection of River St. and Hudson Pl.; Along River St. from Hudson Pl. to Newark St.
- This work will take place during the daytime between the hours of 8:00am – 6:00pm.
- Test-pitting is limited to compact work zones and may involve partial lane reductions. HPD will be on-site to facilitate and direct traffic as necessary.
The Rebuild By Design – Hudson River Project is a comprehensive urban stormwater management program that takes a multi-faceted approach intended to address flooding from both major storm surge and high tide as well as from heavy rainfall events. These events often occur individually, but can also occur together, increasing their impacts. The program includes four components: Resist, Delay, Store and Discharge. This portion of construction addresses the separation of stormwater structures from the combined sewer system outside of the Resist structure.
Construction is planned to begin in May on the South Work Area of the Rebuild By Design Hudson River Project – Sewer System Modifications Project. Construction in the North Work Area is planned to begin in October 2021. This project will consist of a new storm sewer system, with portions of the existing NHSA combined sewer inlets set to be disconnected and manholes to be sealed and lined. Separation of the stormwater system in the exterior areas will prevent tidal surge backflow into the combined system that could cause flooding on the interior side of the line of protection created by the Resist Structure, once constructed. Stormwater collected in the SSM separated area will gravity flow into the Hudson River.
This United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is funding the project, allocating $230 million to the overall Rebuild By Design Hudson River Project.
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QUESTIONS? If you have questions, or would like to learn more about the Sewer Separation Modification Work, please contact your Community Construction Liason (CCL): Erin Percifull | 1-800-252-0219 | firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the Rebuild By Design Hudson River Project is available at https://www.nj.gov/dep/floodresilience/rbd-hudsonriver.htm.
PSEG Madison Street Substation Project – Monroe Street Paving Operations
The PSE&G Madison Street Substation Project is a multi-million dollar capital improvement that will upgrade the electric distribution system to make it more reliable and resilient in the wake of severe weather. This work includes constructing a new, elevated substation featuring state-of-the-art, 69,000-volt (69kV) gas insulated switchgear to serve and benefit Hoboken businesses and residents.
The following construction activities and traffic management are anticipated for Friday May 28, 2021 between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm
- Milling and paving of Monroe Street between 11th Street and 12th Street
- Traffic detours will be expected to allow milling and paving operations
- Hoboken Police will manage the traffic flow at each the intersection during the lane closures and temporary traffic circulation changes.
- Madison Street will be converted into a two-way street between 11th Street and 12th Street during the duration of the milling and paving operations
- The traffic flow will be changed to flow westbound on 11th Street between Madison Street and Monroe Street.
- No parking will be permitted within the following street segments during working hours:
- Madison Street between 11th Street and 12th Street
- 12th Street between Madison Street and Monroe Street
- Monroe Street between 11th Street and 12th Street
- 12th Street between Monroe Street and Madison Street
Please call the Project Hotline with any concerns at 1-800-901-5035. More information about the Madison Street Substation Project is available at https://www.psegtransmission.com/reliability-projects/69kv-initiative/town/hoboken#:~:text=Project%20Overview,the%20wake%20of%20severe%20weather.
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 this week between 8:00am and 4:00pm, subject to weather conditions:
- Construct curbs behind construction fencing
- Construct stormwater piping throughout the site.
- Construct the climbing wall.
- Construct foundations for buildings.
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.
North Hudson Sewerage Authority projects to mitigate flooding events in Northwest Hoboken, reduce Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs)
To reduce Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) into the Hudson River and mitigate flooding events in Northwest Hoboken, the North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA), in partnership with the City of Hoboken, is constructing a pumping station and a two-story electrical and mechanical building on the Northwest Resiliency Park (NWRP) site. This, along with associated sewer infrastructure in and around the site, is designed to reduce CSO events in the H6/H7 sewershed in Northwest Hoboken. The project also includes the installation of two advanced hydrodynamic separators, an inlet gravity sewer connection and a portion of a stormwater discharge force main connection to the limits of the resiliency park site.
In addition, NHSA will also build a stormwater collection gravity trunk sewer pipeline and appurtenances along 13th Street from Adams Street to Madison Street, and a stormwater force main sewer pipeline and appurtenances along a portion of 13th street from Jefferson Street to Adams Street. Outside of the Northwest Resiliency Park site, the work will include excavation and demolition of existing pipe and structures; and installation of piles and new sewer pipe and precast structures in the roadway of 13th Street between Adams Street and Madison Street.
The following construction activities and traffic management are anticipated this week between 8:00am and 4:30pm.
- Continue excavation of test pits, sawcutting of roadway, and placement of temporary asphalt along 13th Street between Adams Street and Madison Street, at the intersections of 13th Street and Madison St, and at the intersection of Adams Street and 13th Street for future stormwater forcemain and gravity sewer.
- Continue installation of helical piles on 13th Street between Madison Street and Adams Street, on Madison Street at the intersection of 13th Street, and on Adams St at the intersection with 13th Street.
- Continue excavation for manhole structures on 13th Street between Madison Street and Adams Street, on Madison Street at the intersection of 13th Street, and on Adams Street at the intersection with 13th Street. This work includes preliminary well point dewatering installation.
- Continue installation of steel beams for pump station support of excavation.
- Excavation of the pump station soil and hauling away for disposal.
- Micropile installation work is planned to begin the week of 5/24/2021.
- Soil sampling along 13th Street including intersections of both Madison Street, Jefferson Street, and Adams Street.
- Continue construction dewatering and operation of treatment facilities located within the parking lot at the intersection of 13th Street and Jefferson Street.
- Closure of 13th Street between Jefferson Street and Madison Street.
- Periodic closures of 13th Street between Adams Street and Jefferson Street will continue during the day between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm.
- When 13th Street between Adams Street and Jefferson Street is open, traffic will be allowed down 13th Street but will have to make a right turn onto Jefferson.
- The closure will not impact the Adams Street and Madison Street intersections with 13th Street at night.
- Periodic closures of 13th Street and Adams Street intersections during the day between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm will continue.
- Periodic lane shifts and/or lane closures on Madison Street at the 13th Street intersection. Hoboken Police will assist with traffic flow at this intersection for any lane closures.
- No parking will be permitted within this area during closures.
- Although 13th Street will be closed for overnight periods, there will be no work performed beyond the normal working hours of 8:00am – 4:30pm.
- Pedestrian traffic will not be allowed along the closed portion of 13th Street during working hours; however, JFC will provide for safe pedestrian traffic when the work is shut down for the overnight.