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9th & Madison Infrastructure Upgrades

The City of Hoboken and North Hudson Sewerage Authority have evaluated several alternatives to alleviate the common street flooding. The recommended improvements will upgrade portions of the sewers, roadways, curbs, and sidewalks in the area of 9th and Madison Streets in Northwest Hoboken.

Project Summary

  • Replace the sewer on Madison St. between 9th St. and 11th St.
  • Replace the inlets on Madison St. between 9th St. and 11th St., 9th St. between Madison St. and Monroe St., and 11th St. between Madison St. and Monroe St.
  • Elevate the roadways, curbs, and sidewalks on Madison St. between 9th St. and 10th St., and 9th St. between Madison St. and Monroe St.

These improvements will direct rainfall into the sewer system and convey it to a trunk line in 11th St., mitigating the recurring rainfall flooding in the area. Learn more about Hoboken's comprehensive water management strategy to mitigate rainfall flooding.

The project will also upgrade the water mains on all three roadways, which are included in the City’s Water System Renewal Plan. Learn more about Hoboken's comprehensive plan to upgrade aging water infrastructure.

9th & Madison Infrastructure Upgrades

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9th & Madison Infrastructure Upgrades

The City of Hoboken and North Hudson Sewerage Authority have evaluated several alternatives to alleviate the common street flooding. The recommended improvements will upgrade portions of the sewers, roadways, curbs, and sidewalks in the area of 9th and Madison Streets in Northwest Hoboken.

Project Summary

  • Replace the sewer on Madison St. between 9th St. and 11th St.
  • Replace the inlets on Madison St. between 9th St. and 11th St., 9th St. between Madison St. and Monroe St., and 11th St. between Madison St. and Monroe St.
  • Elevate the roadways, curbs, and sidewalks on Madison St. between 9th St. and 10th St., and 9th St. between Madison St. and Monroe St.

These improvements will direct rainfall into the sewer system and convey it to a trunk line in 11th St., mitigating the recurring rainfall flooding in the area. Learn more about Hoboken's comprehensive water management strategy to mitigate rainfall flooding.

The project will also upgrade the water mains on all three roadways, which are included in the City’s Water System Renewal Plan. Learn more about Hoboken's comprehensive plan to upgrade aging water infrastructure.

Residents and businesses were invited to a community meeting to discuss the project on February 19, 2019. Download the meeting presentation.

Questions from community meeting

Several buildings in the area experience sewer backups in garages, how will the Contractor maintain flow to ensure no backups during construction?

The Contractor will be required by contract to maintain flow at all times. The new combined sewer will be constructed from downstream to upstream,so gravity flow will be maintained.  The Contractor will either flume the flow or provide by-pass pumping to insure  that sanitary flow is maintained.  When the sewer lateral for a particular building is reestablished the building owners will be notified and the work will be of a short duration.

Why is the combined sewer main being replaced with another combined main, when the buildings have separate stormwater and sanitary sewer connections?

The work involved in this sewer project involves the replacement of a sagged section of sewer in an existing combined sewer system.

During rainfall flood events, the wake from large trucks causes water to enter buildings. How will this project mitigate water entering buildings?

The project will mitigate rainfall flood events and the associated wake from large trucks.

Will this project mitigate all storwmater flooding in the project area?

While this project will enhance the efficiency of the new H5 Pumping Station, during intense rain events such as thunderstorms, street ponding will continue to occur.

How will this project not push stormwater flooding elsewhere?

This project will not push flooding elsewhere because, the relative topography of the area will be maintained and will not direct runoff to offsite areas.  

How will this project prevent sewer backups in building garages?

Once the proposed collection system has been installed it will operate more efficiently and will be easier to maintain, so they should prevent sewer back-ups.  However, the sewer lateral of each building should be examined to determine if it is currently operating properly.

How will residents not lose water during construction?

Residents will not lose water during construction of the new water main because the existing main will remain in service until the new main is tested, disinfected,and approved to be placed into service. Since the project includes replacing old water service piping from the main to the residents’ property line/curb valve, there will be a short interruption in water, however, when the water service is transferred to the new main. The interruption will likely be less than four hours and residents will be given notice well in advance by the City's Contractor and Inspector.

How will the project improve pedestrian safety, which is currently impacted by truck traffic from Shop Rite and heavy through traffic on Madison Street between the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels?

As a result of public feedback, the project design has been modified to include traffic calming measures at the intersections of 9th & Madison Streets, 9th & Jefferson Streets, 10th & Madison Streets, and 11th & Madison Streets.

What development is proposed for the former “Water Music”property (931 Madison Street)?

The 931 Madison Street property is within the Northwest Redevelopment Area. The previous redevelopment proposal for 931 Madison Street would have added an untenable amount of height and density.  The property has since been sold and the new owner is working on a new redevelopment proposal that will be more in scale with the surrounding neighborhood. Any new proposal will requires redevelopment agreement approved by City Council and subsequent site plan approval through the Planning Board.

Why are the new PSE&G poles so tall?

Per PSE&G: In order to continue to meet demand, to help ensure electric reliability, and to be better prepared for storms, PSE&G is upgrading the electric distribution system to 69 kV(thousand volts). PSE&G has installed over 400 miles of sturdier and taller overhead 69 kV circuits in more than 60 municipalities. PSE&G is rebuilding its electric system infrastructure to replace and/or supplement its 50-plus-year-old 26kV lines to bring 69kV power throughout the state. The additional height of these poles is required to provide phase-to-phase(electric conductors) clearance, to allow space for maintenance and to include a static or shield wire at the top of the pole to dissipate the energy of lightning strikes. In recent years, PSE&G has been upgrading the electric transmission system in the region and the Energy Strong Program was designed to protect and strengthen electric infrastructure against severe weather damage and this included raising/relocating and protecting switching and substations,creating redundancy in the system to reduce outages when damage occurs and deploy smart grid technologies to better monitor system operations to increase PSE&G’s ability to more swiftly assign repair teams. For more information,visit https://www.psegtransmission.com/your-town/Hoboken and Click on “Construction Schedule.” For further questions, please contact Richard Dwyer, richard.dwyer@pseg.com.

Why can’t all utility infrastructure be located underground?

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has control and authority over the location of utility wires. The City of Hoboken cannot act unilaterally to move wires underground. Burying all utility wires Citywide is also not technically or financially feasible. The City continues to work with all utilities to upgrade and clean up all existing lines, feeds and services. This process includes removing wires that are no longer in use and upgrading wires that are in use. It is a work in progress that will take time to complete.

Renting an Ojo Scooter

P3 Global Management operates Hoboken’s bike share program, JerseyBike. Last year they partnered with Ojo to bring their unique electric scooters to Hoboken. Initially, 50 Ojo scooters will be available for rent across the city. All Ojo scooters must be parked at JerseyBike docking stations.Refer to the Ojo app or information printed on the scooter for docking locations and instructions.

Rental fees: It costs $1.25 to unlock an Ojo scooter plus $0.18/minute during an active rental.

How to rent an Ojo scooter

1.      Download the Ojo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

2.      Create an account by scanning your ID and providing payment information

3.      Unlock the Ojo by scanning the scooter’s QR code

4.      Go for a ride!

5.      Park your Ojo at the nearest JerseyBike docking station by pushing the kickstand down and pulling the Ojo scooter backwards

6.      End your ride in the Ojo app

7.      Repeat steps 1-6!

Always ride with safety and courtesy for other street users in mind. This means never riding on the sidewalk or parking your scooter in a place that could obstruct sidewalk space for pedestrians or people with disabilities or pushing strollers. To avoid being charged additional fees, all Ojo scooters must be parked at a JerseyBike docking station. Remember to always obey all traffic signs and regulations!

Follow these tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable Ojo ride.

Additional Rider Tips

·        To stop, squeeze both the right and left brake levers.

·        Always park at a designated JerseyBike docking station.If you park outside of one of the 36 designated stations, you will be charged an additional fee for the recovery of your vehicle. Please review the in-app map for dedicated return locations.

·        The Ojo can travel 50 miles on a full charge. If your battery depletes, park your Ojo in the closest, safest area, free from obstructing any pedestrian or vehicle paths. If the battery reaches 0%, the app will end your ride.

·        If you encounter any mechanical issues, before or during your ride, tap the “!” icon located at the bottom right of the selected Ojo overview screen to report the problem.

Reporting issues or complaints with Ojo scooters or service:

Follow the in-app instructions or call 973-836-9081.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

1.       How long will the e-scooter pilot last?

It will last six months, approximately from May 20 – November 20, 2019

2.       What will happen after the e-scooter pilot?

The City of Hoboken will conduct a survey of riders and review usage data to develop a report and make recommendations for future e-scooter share programs.

3.       Are e-scooters safe?

Yes! Recent studies conducted in Portland, OR and Austin, TX concluded that e-scooters are the cause of no more injuries than bicycles and that a significant share of e-scooter related injuries could have been prevented by wearing a helmet. E-scooters weigh about as much as bike share bicycles and travel at similar speeds as human-powered bicycles.  

4.       Can I ride on the sidewalk?

No, e-scooters must be ridden in the street only.

5.       Should I wear a helmet?

Absolutely.

6.       How much does an e-scooter cost to rent?

As of May 2019, Lime scooters cost $1 to unlock and $0.15 per minute to ride. As of May 2019, Ojo scooters cost $1.25 to unlock and $0.18 per minute to ride. Refer to the Lime and Ojo apps for the current pricing.

7.       Are there discounts for users receiving financial assistance?

Lime offers a 50% discount for anyone that qualifies for any state- or federally-run assistance program through its Lime Access program. Apply online at li.me/community-impact.

8.       Are there e-scooter speed limits in Hoboken?

Yes, e-scooters are prohibited from operating faster than 18 MPH in Hoboken.

9.   Are e-scooter rentals available 24/7?

No, currently e-scooters are only available for rental between 5 AM and 10 PM in Hoboken.

10.   Is there an age limit to ride an e-scooter?

Anyone 18 or older can ride an e-scooter in Hoboken.

11.   Where can I park an e-scooter?

E-scooters can be parked at any bike rack, in designated parking areas if available, or in the furnishing zone of the sidewalk next to the curb. See the image above for more guidance.

12.   How can I report e-scooter issues or concerns?

Use Hoboken’s 311 to report issues or concerns with scooters that don’t belong to Lime or Ojo. For reporting issues or concerns with scooters that belong to Lime, follow the in-app instructions or call or text 1-888-LIME-345 or email support@limebike.com.  For reporting issues or concerns with scooters that belong to Ojo, follow the in-app instructions or call 973-836-9081.

13.   Can I bring e-scooters on transit vehicles?

E-scooters are currently prohibited from transit vehicles in Hoboken. Refer to NJ Transit, PATH, NY Waterways for specific restrictions on their vehicles and in stations.

14.      Can I purchase my own electric-scooter?

Yes, you can purchase and operate your own e-scooter in Hoboken if it meets the legal requirements outlined in New Jersey state law.

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