Hoboken gets a new traffic light
Light at 13th & Hudson ready to go for this weekend
Engineers put the final touches on Hoboken’s newest traffic signal at 13th & Hudson this week. It’s currently on blinking yellow, a requirement apparently – so drivers can get “used to” the upcoming traffic pattern change.
I wonder why that’s a “requirement” these days. Because people are so dumb that they’ll drive into a wall otherwise? How do people manage driving to cities they’ve never been to?
Light should be working by Friday, workers said.
New sidewalk design at 13th & Hudson doesn’t deter ill-parking
The new traffic light at 13th & Hudson should be operational any day now – and as part of that whole project, updated curbs were installed – supposedly to increase pedestrian safety.
However, this new layout poses a few concerns:
- The narrower opening to 13th Street has already proven a bit difficult for some trucks, as I’ve seen a few already hop the curb.
- This doesn’t prevent double-parking, as evidenced in the photo below.
- With pedestrians now closer to moving traffic, does that make them more susceptible to getting hit by a car?
Oh well, we’ll see how it pans out down the road…
Traffic light added to 13th & Hudson in Hoboken
For years, the intersection of 13th & Hudson had two speed-bumps to help slow down traffic, and increase pedestrian safety. They were removed last year, when the street was re-paved.
However, Hoboken Traffic Czar Ian Sacs refused to re-install the traffic-calming devices (even after multiple car accidents and struck pedestrians), saying that Hudson Street had “too much traffic” to qualify for the implements that were in place for many years prior.
Now, this intersection is getting a traffic light, which should be completed in less than two weeks, according to workers on scene. Additional light upgrades for 4th & Hudson as well as Observer Highway are next.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer has stated that her “goals” are to reduce congestion & pollution – however, now with this additional traffic signal not only will congestion increase – so will pollution, as cars will sit still idling spewing exhaust, rather than moving down the road.
Simple rumble strips or speed bumps would have sufficed. Waste of property tax-payer dollars once again.