Adventurous Hoboken Driving
Hoboken streets get worse every year
Yesterday, a Hoboken Police Officer noticed that an area near the intersection of 9th and Monroe Streets was “caving in – you can see straight through!”
North Hudson Sewerage Authority was notified, and sent a crew out to diagnose the situation.
Aging infrastructure should not be ignored
Turns out, one of the square concrete sewer junctions (that connect other pipes) cracked on top. The worker on scene was confident that area of the street is not in danger of collapse (411: No worries, it’s just the entire neighborhood around that section that has sunk a couple feet over the years!) Some asphalt was used to fill the hole – and a metal plate was later placed on top of it.
It’s kind of scary to realize that the sewer system is more stable!
Either way, it’s recommended that if you care about your vehicle – to avoid some of these areas entirely – even if it has “less traffic” (what hurry are you in anyway?) While a good majority of Hoboken’s roads are in rough shape, there are some very atrocious spots in the west and northern parts of the city.
Hoboken has a serious infrastructure problem looming sometime in the future – as many of the sewer pipes uptown are made of wood (yes, that’s right – trees tied together like 100 years ago). And frankly, before further development or bonding for luxuries like parks and bike paint – perhaps the bare necessities should be handled first? Additionally, Hoboken has nearly 40 linear miles of paved roadways. We’re lucky if 5% of the streets get re-surfaced each year – which would mean at that rate, it would take close to 20 years to refresh all the roads!
Maybe before we plan on enjoying the fruits of the tree – someone should be managing the roots?