A rendering of a new park at Harborside Cove that will be incorporated as a part of the Rebuild by Design flood protection project
Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, the City of Hoboken and members of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invite residents to join a community pre-construction meeting to discuss the beginning stages of the City’s historic $230 million Rebuild by Design project, which will help protect Hoboken from flooding and storm surge events. The meeting will take place virtually on Thursday, March 31 at 7:00 pm with members of the public invited to join via Zoom.
The initial stages of the project will begin with the construction of sewer improvements in South Hoboken, which are scheduled to start in early April. The DEP will be separating portions of the existing combined sewer system into separate sanitary and stormwater lines. This work is an important first step in preparing the city for construction of the above-ground flood protection measure in South Hoboken which will protect from storm surge, and be constructed in later stages next year. The below-ground work will help prevent storm surge from the Hudson River from penetrating the City through the sewer system, once the above-ground protection is constructed.
The sewer modification work will necessitate some temporary road closures and detours in the areas of Sinatra Drive, Newark Street, River Street, Hudson Street, Hudson Place and will include the intersection of Hudson Street and Observer highway.
In order to minimize pedestrian and vehicular disruptions in the area, the Hoboken City Council approved a resolution on March 17, 2021 authorizing night work to take place on designated streets in the area. DEP is working closely with City Officials, HPD, HFD, NJ Transit, and PANYNJ to mitigate traffic, commuter and noise disruption to the fullest extent possible.
The pre-construction community advisory meeting on March 31 will introduce the Rebuild by Design project team, present an overview of upcoming construction activities, anticipated work schedules, and upcoming closure hours. The DEP will provide community contacts for any non-emergency related inquiries regarding the project.
The Rebuild by Design project will create above ground flood measures in both South and North Hoboken to protect from storm surge. The above ground flood protection will incorporate a public park in North Hoboken at Cove Park, as well as other community amenities.
Residents who would like to participate and provide comment at the meeting are invited to do so through Zoom.
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