This week, the City of Hoboken and SUEZ began the installation of new water mains on Hudson Street between 4thStreet and 10th Street as a part of the City's proactive water main infrastructure upgrades. The City will replace 2,700 linear feet of 6-inchdiameter water mains with 12-inch diameter water mains, add new valves, 10 new fire hydrants, and 150 new service lines. The Hudson Street water main upgrades will take approximately 12 weeks to complete.
"Installing this brand-new water main on Hudson Street is the latest step we are taking to make quality-of-life improvements for residents citywide," said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. "Together with SUEZ, we've been able to install over 13,000 linear feet of underground water infrastructure, taking a comprehensive approach to address decades of neglect. I'm also pleased that this year, we'll be once again repaving several blocks of roadway, which include Vision Zero pedestrian safety upgrades and other improvements."
Since 2018, Hoboken has installed over 13,000 linear feet of new water mains, following the installation of new water mains along Washington Street as a part of the Washington Street Project. Last year, the City replaced nearly 15 blocks of water main infrastructure, which also included roadway resurfacing, green infrastructure to mitigate localized flooding, and Vision Zero pedestrian safety improvements.
In 2019, the City entered into a contract with SUEZ that currently provides for $33 million in water main upgrades through 2034, with an average of $2.2 million invested every year.
"SUEZ is proud to partner with the City of Hoboken to continue investing in the community and addressing its long-term water infrastructure needs through the comprehensive water system replacement program that began two years ago," said Xavier Castro, President of SUEZ Environmental Services. "The $2.2 million in annual investments that were included in the contract SUEZ and the City of Hoboken entered into in 2019 are helping make the city's water system more reliable and reducing flooding as older pieces of infrastructure are replaced. We are thankful to have an excellent working relationship with Mayor Bhalla and the City Council and ask residents for their patience as we continue this critical infrastructure work."
Hoboken, Hudson County to repave 53 blocks citywide
Following the water infrastructure upgrades, Hudson Street will be temporarily restored and then repaved by Hudson County this fall in partnership with the City, as the City continues its initiative to repave 53 blocks of roadways this year.
The repaving projects, partially funded by over $1.6 million in grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, will include milling and paving, high-visibility crosswalks, upgraded ADA ramps, and drainage improvements, increasing the safety and accessibility of Hoboken for all modes of transportation.
The City and County will repave 3.51 total miles of roadway, implement 17 painted curb extensions and five concrete curb extensions, as well as a pedestrian refuge island and one raised intersection. One hundred eighty-nine high visibility crosswalks and ADA-compliant curb ramps will also be upgraded or constructed as part of Hoboken's Vision Zero initiative to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and injuries by 2030.
To date, Hudson County, in partnership with the City, has completed repaving Willow Avenue from Observer Highway to 11th Street and began repaving Paterson Avenue between Marshall Street and Observer Highway, 12th Street between Hudson Street and Sinatra Drive, and Sinatra Drive North between 12th Street and Constitution Court this week. Hudson County will also begin repaving Hudson Street between Observer Highway and 12th Street this Fall.
By the end of the summer, Hoboken will repave Marshall Street from First to Second Street, Fourth Street from Grand Street to Garden Street, Eighth Street from Monroe Street to Madison Street, and 15th Street from Park Avenue to Washington Street. During fall, the City is scheduled to repave Second Street from Clinton Street to River Street, Third Street from Park Avenue to Bloomfield Street, and Sixth Street from Jackson Street to Madison Street.
In August of 2019, Mayor Bhalla signed an Executive Order officially launching the Vision Zero safety campaign establishing a Vision Zero Task Force and initiating a Vision Zero Action Plan, which was formally adopted by the Hoboken City Council last month.
More information about the water infrastructure upgrades project is available at https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/drinking-water-infrastructure-upgrades-phase-1.
To see a map of active road closures in Hoboken, visit https://streets.populus.ai/hoboken/closures.