Why Hoboken streets will never stay smooth
Ailing Hoboken infrastructure defeats paving
As most of you are fully aware, Hudson County came into Hoboken back in April to pave a couple streets.
What has happened since then – water main breaks, crumbling streets – and this latest debacle downtown the last week or so at the intersection of Hudson and Newark. Apparently, the heavy equipment once again did some damage to some sewer pipes underground – requiring extensive digging and repair.
Does the city even have an assessment of how bad our infrastructure is? Did you know that many of the water main pipes in town are actually made of WOOD? By paving the streets prior to correcting the aging systems underground means we’ll be in a perpetual cycle of repairs – and bumpy roads.
SEE PREVIOUS PAVING CALAMITIES AFTER THE BREAK…
The pavement hits keep coming
Similar in fashion to Councilman At-large Ravi Bhalla, Hoboken’s freshly paved roads are quickly mounting up a tarnished reputation. First we had a water main break uptown on Hudson Street, along with a gaping hole on the same road downtown near 3rd Street.
Next on the list is Park Avenue between Observer and Newark, which was just paved this past Friday. It looks like the heavy equipment caused the crumbling infrastructure to fail yet again. The gas leak in front of 72 Park Ave was first reported on Saturday night, and crews were back on the scene yesterday to finally locate it and start repairs. The nice work English Paving did on the surface lasted just three days. Additionally, the noxious gas leaking caused some shrubbery to become totally defoliated.
A Major Pave in the Neck
As most non-coma patient residents in Hoboken have noticed the past few weeks, the ongoing street resurfacing has been a major event across town. Massive traffic tie-ups and water main breaks make area locals forget the benefits of a smoother ride. Heck, there was another sinkhole near 3rd and Hudson last week as well, another fine example that our infrastructure is a house of cards that will present problems for decades to come if not properly handled soon:
City attacks English Paving despite smoother roads
It seems that the City of Hoboken is not too appreciative for the free paving that is being provided by Hudson County – and as a result, HPU issued parking summonses to three English Paving trucks near the intersection of 7th and Park. Perhaps payback for the busted water main that wasn’t their fault?