Hobokenpix: 14th St. Viaduct

2/18/2009:

[Continuing the ORIGINAL Hoboken411 “Photo of the Day” series…]

Hoboken Photo of the Day – 2/18/2009

Here’s a perspective shot of the 14th Street Viaduct in Hoboken, home to a deadly accident which took place about a year ago.

The county-owned structure is slated to be widened at some point in the future.

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15 Comments on "Hobokenpix: 14th St. Viaduct"

bmacqueens
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[quote comment=”137328″]There are two schools of thought (maybe more) on the viaduct. The first is Sweeper’s, that it dumps traffic on Hoboken roads and is a royal eyesore.

The second view is that the viaduct takes traffic off core Hoboken streets by giving motorists the option of bypassing everything between 14th and 1st streets by taking the hilltop road.

Which is statistically correct? I don’t know, but I am no fan of the thing from a visual point of view. The last thing Hoboken needs is for this thing to be widened.[/quote]

I, for one, use the viaduct very consistently as a way to avoid having to drive through Hoboken. Other than the light at Paterson Plank Road, it’s a good bypass from the Holland Tunnel to uptown Hoboken. If there were a functional traffic corridor through Hoboken with properly timed lights then I’d simply stay down in Hoboken instead.

bmacqueens
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[quote comment=”137300″]The viaduct was at one time 4 lanes and a sidewalk on both sides.Did it fall off or just rot away?[/quote] Neither. It is wide enough to be four lanes, certainly. However, the lines are gone and people insist on driving 45 going up and 55 going down, which means that it is too narrow to maintain at four lanes. Better to have it two and have the occasional fatality at the bottom, I guess. While you’re familiar with me constantly griping about the idiot mentality of people in this region, the speeds on the viaduct are also probably a product of reasonable driver frustration as well. After having to go from red light to red light all the way through Hoboken, this is the first chance to finally break free and get somewhere. Plus, you must speed (!!) up the hill if you want to have a green light at the top. Otherwise, you’re stuck again at a rather long red light, and yet another mother-of-all-red-lights at the intersection with Palisade Plank, which then leads to a series of miserable mistimed red lights going through Union City. Wanna go right instead of left at the top of the viaduct? Forget about it … it can take a half hour to fight your way through the traffic and lights going toward 32nd Street in Union City. The entire area is set up to prevent cars from getting out of Hoboken. That’s a shame, too, because there is a lot… Read more »
matt_72
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[quote comment=”137323″]I wish they would just tear this bridge down. It puts a lot of traffic on the roads of Hoboken, is totally unsafe, and we all know what it looks like… I’m sure all property owners near this bridge would agree (I don’t live anywhere near it)[/quote]

That bridge is a lifesaver when the lincoln tunnel is a disaster and you need to get out of town and head north past the tunnel.

hoboken hammer
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hoboken hammer

How are they going to widen this thing? There is that building (Stevens annex I think) which is built almost right up against it. Then on the other side the Hertz is pretty close too at the bottom.

Red Haven
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Red Haven

There are two schools of thought (maybe more) on the viaduct. The first is Sweeper’s, that it dumps traffic on Hoboken roads and is a royal eyesore.

The second view is that the viaduct takes traffic off core Hoboken streets by giving motorists the option of bypassing everything between 14th and 1st streets by taking the hilltop road.

Which is statistically correct? I don’t know, but I am no fan of the thing from a visual point of view. The last thing Hoboken needs is for this thing to be widened.

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