The City of Hoboken and North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) will upgrade portions of Madison Street to mitigate area flooding starting on Monday, Jan. 9, officially launching the first phase of the Madison Street Infrastructure Improvement Project. The infrastructure upgrades are a joint collaboration between the Bhalla administration and NHSA, responding to resident concerns in Northwest Hoboken regarding frequent flooding events in and around Madison Street adjacent to Shop Rite.
Over the next two months, NHSA will relocate approximately 275 linear feet of electrical duct bank along the west curb line of Madison Street from 11th Street to Ninth Street. Once relocated, the City and NHSA will launch Phase II, which will upgrade and expand the combined sewer, replace an outdated water main, and elevate and reconstruct the roadway with Vision Zero safety improvements. Phase II construction will commence in the summer of 2023 and is scheduled to be completed the following year.
These improvements will direct rainfall into the updated sewer system to convey stormwater into the trunk line at 11th Street, mitigating the recurring rainfall flooding in the area.
“This project is the latest initiative taken by the City, in partnership with the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, to aggressively address flooding events in West Hoboken that are becoming more frequent each year,” said Mayor Bhalla. “This project will substantially improve the quality of life for residents living on and around northern Madison Street, and I thank Director Wolff and his team for their commitment to getting it done.”
“We are very pleased to be able to address this longstanding problem in northwest Hoboken, especially now that the area has become a vibrant residential section of the city,” said NHSA Executive Director Dr. Richard J. Wolff. “The project benefits both Hoboken and NHSA, and the cooperation shown by both parties has greatly facilitated its development.”
“Madison Street residents have patiently waited for these necessary infrastructure improvements to take place,” said 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen. “Pre-existing electrical and sewer infrastructure created complex issues requiring significant planning, engineering, inter-agency coordination, and City Council approval. Thanks to Mayor Bhalla and the NHSA for their ongoing commitment to this necessary project that will leave a lasting positive impact for the residents of Madison Street and the 5th Ward.”
In addition to the Madison Street upgrades, Hoboken’s Northwest Resiliency Park will come online later this year which will include both below ground flood detention and above ground green infrastructure to withhold up to two million gallons of rainwater during storms, as well as the addition of Hoboken’s third flood pump adjacent to the park. These two resiliency efforts, led by the Bhalla administration and NHSA, will work in tandem to reduce flooding events during heavy rain events.
During Madison Street construction, traffic control will be coordinated with other construction projects in the area. Parking will be restricted and road closures with detours are anticipated. Contractors will notify adjacent businesses and residents of construction activities in advance, which will also be posted on the City’s website at www.hobokennj.gov/hoboken-construction-updates.
For more information on the project, go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/9th-madison-infrastructure-upgrades.