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

10/25/2011 Update:

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

8/19/2011:
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.

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28 Comments on "Hoboken gets a new traffic light"

mooshu
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mooshu

Anyone know the point of those knee-high stop signs along 14th and 15th streets?

“Stop, it’s the law.” Pedestrians have the right of way.

Right. Rare is the driver that stops for pedestrians along those streets.

Irish
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Irish

I don’t think there’s a concern about the cutouts, I think the issue is in the case of the photo, they’re not not always enforced by the police

HudsonGuy
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HudsonGuy

This is just another idea of Hoboken’s braintrust doing something they think is a “good idea” that has bad idea written all over it. Traffic is bad enough on this street between 11th and 13th streets during the morning/evening rush hours and on weekends. Now they are going to put a light up that is going to reduce the flow of traffic. Why don’t they just approve another residential building on that street. Oh yeah, they did, it’s scheduled to begin construction shortly. That street can’t handle to volume now and it’s only going to get worse.[quote comment=”211796″]I don’t think there’s a concern about the cutouts, I think the issue is in the case of the photo, they’re not not always enforced by the police[/quote]

HobokenBorn-N-Raised
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HobokenBorn-N-Raised
I think the real issue here is SAFTEY. There are a considerable amount of pre-schools and early learning centers within a block or two of the light as well a lage amount of young children and infants in carriages accompanied by their parents. If you spent the day observing the intersection you would see how hard it is to cross without getting hit! It’s like dodge ball. Factor in young children 3-10 years in age crossing with a parent that is also pushing a carriage and you have a recipie for disaster. The fact is that most motorist have no respect for the pedestrians. Someone is always in a rush to go nowhere. Oh don’t forget the elderly and handicapped , basically no one is exempt from possibly getting run down. THE ONLY GUARANTEED WAY TO CROSS WIYHOUT RISK OF INJURY IS AT A LIGHT.I hope you all come to eventually agree. A Hobokenite for life. [quote comment=”213870″]This is just another idea of Hoboken’s braintrust doing something they think is a “good idea” that has bad idea written all over it. Traffic is bad enough on this street between 11th and 13th streets during the morning/evening rush hours and on weekends. Now they are going to put a light up that is going to reduce the flow of traffic. Why don’t they just approve another residential building on that street. Oh yeah, they did, it’s scheduled to begin construction shortly. That street can’t handle to volume now and it’s only… Read more »
HudsonGuy
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HudsonGuy
The police should be enforcing the law, which is pedestrians have the right of way. I never see anyone pulled over in this town for traffic violations. Weekend evening are a nightmare in this town and people drive like animals. That being said, pedestrians can be morons. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen a pedestrian just walk into the street without looking assuming people should stop. What happened to looking both ways before you cross. Pedestrians should assume some sort of responsibility. With all the illiegal parking drivers can barely see the corners. Common sense should prevail sometimes. I live on Hudson Street and it’s like a highway on that street. I am all for safety, but a traffic light on an already busy street is going to be a disaster for traffic. [quote comment=”213872″]I think the real issue here is SAFTEY. There are a considerable amount of pre-schools and early learning centers within a block or two of the light as well a lage amount of young children and infants in carriages accompanied by their parents. If you spent the day observing the intersection you would see how hard it is to cross without getting hit! It’s like dodge ball. Factor in young children 3-10 years in age crossing with a parent that is also pushing a carriage and you have a recipie for disaster. The fact is that most motorist have no respect for the pedestrians. Someone is always in a rush to go… Read more »
ahobokenguy
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@h411 Haven’t you been a proponent for curb cutouts for years, why the new concerns?

LobstaGirl
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LobstaGirl

When will they do something about all the DRUNKS?

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