Poorly synched traffic lights
No improvements to traffic on Hudson Street in Hoboken
Residents still keep emailing saying that the traffic on Hudson is still poorly synched and backed up at all hours of the day.
Maybe Hudson County should get involved, seeing the city isn’t doing much about it.
Update: Hudson Street still a logjam nightmare uptown
Hoboken411 published this story last summer – documenting the real problems with traffic backups due to poorly timed signals (see below.)
And now, with that new traffic light at 13th Street – this problem could very well get even worse. I can also imagine as the final pieces of the Maxwell Place project are built (years of construction mess) and occupied (families, stores, shoppers) – something proactive ought to be done?
Resident Chris sent this note in this week, further confirming that we have a problem,
“I live between 11th and 12th and the problem has been horrible. Particularly around 8am and between 5 and 6pm. The noise from people honking their horns is horrendous. Traffic is backed up for blocks. Has our esteemed traffic czar even looked into this issue?”
Long traffic light backups at certain spots in Hoboken
A properly designed traffic light grid in a city allows for cars to flow from point to point with no log-jams. In some cases, the timing needs to be adjusted to correct ongoing backups.
Take the light at 11th & Hudson / Sinatra. It’s a bit more complicated than a typical 2-way intersection, but still isn’t rocket science. No matter what – during the evening rush hour, Sinatra Drive backs up far – sometimes as far back as the skate park. That can be corrected by lengthening the green signal from 5-8pm, and on busy weekend nights. It is funny to see angry drivers 20 cars behind blow their horns – like that makes a difference.
But recently, the log jam has taken place on Hudson Street going southbound. On a quiet summer weekend, cars were backed up almost to 13th Street. That shouldn’t happen with relatively low volume – so the green signal should definitely be increased. This was causing bad gridlock near 12th & Hudson this past weekend.