This Week’s Quality of Life Upgrades for Hoboken

Community: Quality of Life Updates: Rebuild by Design Project, Southwest Pop-Up Park, Roadway Improvements, Northwest Resiliency Park

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, Citi Bike expansion, flood infrastructure upgrades, lawn maintenance in parks, and utility maintenance by PSEG and SUEZ. Schedules may change pending weather conditions.

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

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 continuing the week of June 14th and will involve saw cutting of the roadway, setting manholes, and installing catchbasins and pipe runs for the stormwater management system.

The project team will be engaging in the following activities this week:

  • Continue installation of catchbasins, manholes, and laying pipe runs in the South Work Area. General locations for this work are as follows:
    • River St. between Hudson Pl. and Newark St.
    • Hudson Pl. between River St. and Hudson St. (pending production rates)
  • This work will take place during the daytime between during the following hours:
    • Monday (6/14) thru Thursday (6/17): 7:00am – 6:00pm.
  • Construction activities on Monday (6/14) thru Thursday (6/17) will require the following modifications to traffic flow in the area:
    • Partial lane reductions of River St. from 7:00am-9:00am. HPD will be on-site to facilitate and direct traffic as necessary.
    • Full closure of River St. from Hudson Pl. to Newark St. from 9:00am – 6:00pm.
      • This closure will necessitate a detour beginning at Observer Hwy. and Washington St. (See below detour plan).
      • All eastbound traffic travelling on Observer Hwy. will be directed to make a left-hand turn northbound on Washington St. to proceed on their route. Local access for buses and taxis to the NJ Transit terminal will be facilitated by HPD.

Project Background:

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.

HOW TO STAY INFORMED? Sign up to receive Weekly Construction Advisories here.

Live Map of upcoming street closures or partial lane closures here.

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 | rbdhinquiries@portal3.pbid.com

More information about the Rebuild By Design Hudson River Project is available at https://www.nj.gov/dep/floodresilience/rbd-hudsonriver.htm.

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.

City of Hoboken – NJDOT Municipal Aid FY 2019 Roadway Improvements Project

The project will include milling and paving, high-visibility crosswalks, upgraded ADA ramps, drainage improvements, and pedestrian safety improvements along 4th Street, 8th Street, 15th Street, Marshall Street.  This project is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).  The following construction activities and traffic management are anticipated this week starting on Monday June 14, 2021 to Friday June 18, 2021 between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm.

The following construction activities are scheduled for this week:

4th Street between Grand Street and Garden St:

Work Activities

  • Construction of pedestrian ADA concrete ramps along 4th Street between Grand Street and Garden Street.

Traffic Management

  • Traffic detours will not be expected.
  • Hoboken Police will manage the traffic flow at the intersections for any lane closures.
  • No parking will be permitted within this area during working hours.

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

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 climbing wall
  • Construct sidewalks and drainage basins along 12th Street, Adams Street, and Jefferson Street
  • Install electrical conduit and irrigation sleeves along Jefferson Street.
  • Construct stormwater piping throughout the site.
  • Construct foundations for buildings.
  • Construct stormwater systems throughout 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

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.

Work Activities

  • 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 Street, 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 Street 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.
  • Micropile installation work is planned to continue this week for the pretreatment and pump station areas.
  • Driving of steel h-piles within the Northwest Park site – this activity will produce intermittent noise similar to the driven h-piles on 13th Street. These piles are not the vibratory driven sheets but rather the impact driven piles. Noise associated with this work will be monitored as it was previously.
  • Continue construction dewatering and operation of treatment facilities located within the parking lot at the intersection of 13th Street and Jefferson Street.

Traffic Management

  • 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.

Southwest Park Expansion (Block 10)

The City of Hoboken is constructing the Pop-up Park at Block 10. The contractor will undertake the following activities this week between 8:00am and 4:00pm, subject to weather conditions:

  • Utility markouts and layout
  • Asphalt patching and installation of concrete footings
  • Placement of community garden planters

More information about the Southwest Park Expansion and Pop-up Park is available at https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/southwest-park

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 and Elysian 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 Expansion

As of June 11, 21 Citi Bike docking stations have been installed and are active in Hoboken. You can check the citywide installation progress here.

On Friday, June 18, Lyft will install a Citi Bike docking station on Bloomfield Street south of the intersection with 3rd Street. From 7 AM – 4 PM, parking will be prohibited on both sides of Bloomfield Street between 216/219 Bloomfield Street and the 3rd Street intersection.

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.