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, and utility maintenance by Suez, NHSA, and PSE&G.
Closure of Sinatra Drive
Sinatra Drive will be closed from 4th Street to 11th Street 24 hours per day beginning at 8am on Tuesday 10/13 and ending on Monday 10/19 for the removal of construction equipment related to the Stevens Student Housing Project.
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 10/12/2020 – 10/16/2020:
- no work will occur on 10/12/2020 due to the Columbus Day holiday
- continue installing on site drainage piping to the one million gallon tank
- complete installation of the internal flushing system for the one million gallon tank
- continue removal of the upper bracing for the tank excavation support system and staging it for later removal from the site
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 10/12 between the hours of 8am and 6pm. The project is expected to be completed during the week of 10/19.
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 making repairs to the water main on Clinton Street between 6th Street and 7th Street on Wednesday 10/14 and Thursday 10/15 between the hours of 9am – 5pm. Clinton Street from 6th Street to 7th Street may be closed at times during these work hours. Customers in the affected area may experience low to no water pressure and/or interruption of water service from 11am – 2pm. Buildings that may be affected have been notified by door posting.
Routine Sewer Maintenance
The North Hudson Sewerage Authority will be cleaning sewers on Willow Avenue between 8th Street and 9th Street beginning 10/13.
PSE&G Tree Trimming
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) will proactively trim trees throughout Hoboken beginning mid-to-late October. 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.
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