14th Street Viaduct Project
14th Street Viaduct Update in Hoboken, NJ
Today’s 14th Street Viaduct update – is actually the Hoboken photo of the day too!
Along with the approved redesign / remediation came the closure of Clinton Street to vehicles. In it’s place would be a “pedestrian tunnel.”
Maybe 14th Street Viaduct pedestrian tunnel not so bad?
Originally when this project was announced, I first thought that this tunnel would be nothing but a breeding ground for trouble (street crime mainly.)
However – I believe my sentiments have changed. As the uptown area slowly starts breathing more life (with buildings like The Edge Lofts, and very popular bars and restaurants like Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, Carpe Diem and San Giuseppe), I think this neighborhood has improved greatly in terms of safety – and it’s only looking brighter.
Hopefully “brighter” also include ample street lighting – as Hoboken is known for having many pockets in town that are quite dark and potentially unsafe (like in various parks, etc.)
Hoboken 14th St. Viaduct Update
Construction well underway at the 14th Street Viaduct renovation project uptown.
Below are some routine photo updates – including the future issue in town, that Clinton Street will be closed forever. As you can see in the photos, cars are already ignoring the “road closed” sign, and using the Rite Aid parking lot as a thoroughfare. Not the safest thing in the world.
Hopefully, local drivers can use this time as a period to adopt to the traffic change, and be ready when the project is complete in early 2014.
14th St. Viaduct Project in Hoboken officially underway
The project to rehabilitate the 14th St. Viaduct “officially” began on August 1st of this year.
Many residents asked me “are they already behind schedule?” in this 900 day project, because they saw no such construction taking place. I spoke with officials about this, and they told me quite a bit of coordination is required before visible work begins. Infrastructure is the main focus, as Verizon, Cablevision, PSE&G, United Water are affected, and other county and state agencies have to be on the same page. Physical work is supposed begin later this month.
Viaduct changes will have profound effect on traffic
If you weren’t paying attention, the biggest impact this rehabilitation project will have (besides the dog run and playing fields on the west end of town), is the blockage of Clinton Street.
Clinton Street is a major thoroughfare in Hoboken, as thousands of drivers a day use this northbound street to exit Hoboken via 15th or 16th Streets. This will now be closed – and no traffic can pass 14th Street (they have to turn around.)
As a result, these vehicles will need find other arteries to head out of town. This will cause higher than normal traffic situations at spots like:
- 12th Street, Clinton to Willow (which already gets backed up DAILY);
- 13th Street, Clinton to Adams (expect more motor vehicle accidents due to volume);
- 11th Street, Clinton to Adams (will be a headache, especially in the mornings on school days);
- Madison Street in general – as additional cars will frequent this road to exit Hoboken
See renderings below – from East to West:
Why shut down a major road?
While I understand that making more pedestrian-friendly areas in Hoboken is nice, it’s just too bad that a functional road has to be shut down in an already heavily-trafficked city to accommodate.
Was the “community focus group” for this project consisted entirely of people who’ve never driven a car?
Why would you voluntarily institute a road-block in the middle of a busy city? Couldn’t the viaduct just have been satisfactorily repaired / reinforced, without major traffic changes?
You can see more at the dedicated website – www.14thstviaductreplacement.com
14th Street Viaduct rehabilitation starts next year
Here’s a complete update to the 14th Street Viaduct entry, including most relevant documents, renderings and facts. When construction begins in 2011, along with the Toll Brothers’ new high-rise project, (and imagine if the Rockefeller plans begin too?) expect uptown Hoboken to be quite “busy” for several years.
Final design for the new 14th Street Viaduct began in early 2009 and is scheduled to be completed by August 2010. Construction is scheduled for early 2011. An estimated $45 million is allocated for construction.
In 2005, a major study began for the 14th Street Viaduct under the Local Scoping Program for replacement with Federal Highway Administration funds. Local Scoping is a very intensive study program that investigates all design alternatives and issues such as traffic, environmental, and others. Three public meetings were held by the County during the scoping phase showing the preliminary design of the new viaduct.
The sufficiency rating for the 14th Street Viaduct is 53.7. It is a relative rating from 0 to 100 of the condition of the structure as determined with a formula from inventory and inspection data. The rating is also used by highway agencies as a means for programming funds for repairs or replacement. With a rating of 53.7, the County is eligible to obtain federal funding for replacement of the viaduct. It is also functionally obsolete due to its substandard underclearances at Clinton and Grand Streets.
The 14th Street Viaduct is classified as structurally deficient due to its overall poor condition from advanced age. Structurally deficient does not mean imminent danger, but monitoring, repairs and/or replacement will be necessary. The Viaduct was originally constructed in 1910 and has undergone a number of rehabilitation projects over the years. In the last twenty years, the County has invested proactively in the repair of the structure including, $9 million in 1990, $48,944 in 1998 and $877,359.50 in 2002.
14th Street Viaduct meeting tomorrow…
Future Hoboken traffic headaches in store
The “bridge” or viaduct that connects Hoboken with Jersey City Heights and Union City is set to undergo some significant changes in the future. The crumbling and unsafe elevated roadway is expected to be strengthened and repaired – and made one lane wider (why? is traffic that bad on it?).
Since it’s a Hudson County road, they’re being courteous to residents and having an informational meeting at 7pm tomorrow night at the Elks Lodge at 10th and Washington Streets. You can see fancy renderings, hear about the future traffic inconveniences (i.e., the foot of the viaduct at 14th street will be severely impacted with traffic and diversions for the life of the project).
Five or more city Council people will be in attendance, so this is a meeting that requires “public notice” according to state law. Other Zimmer-appointed
campaign contributors directors will run the show to stutter and stammer about what we have in store once the project commences.
Last I heard, the extra lane will be on the southbound side, and some sort of ridiculous “under bridge park space” will be included as part of the renovation. Sound a bit to me like the useless ShopRite Park that no one except the local bums like utilize. “Hey honey – let’s get the picnic basket and enjoy a peaceful day with Junior underneath the shoddy viaduct near Shanty Town!”
See the City Press Release Here.Hoboken NJ