Jackson St. becomes more of a mess!

Hoboken residents complain Jackson St. now more constricted

Hoboken411 has received many emails about the “new traffic pattern” on Jackson St. between Newark and Observer.

Basically – what used to be two lanes of traffic has now been reduced to one, but with 10 extra parking spaces and a crazy bike lane that actually runs between two lanes of traffic on the Paterson St. side. That’s a total accident waiting to happen.

One reader said “This is causing huge traffic backups during PM rush hour. The town is so desperate for additional parking that they feel that adding only a few on-street spots on this block is worth the traffic nightmare they have caused in the southwest part of town.”

While another reader, who has not only contacted Mayor Zimmer and Ian Sacs (with zero response), has already been hit by a NJ Transit bus and adds “It’s God awful, and I can’t get any feedback from the city. It has doubled my time to get between the Exxon station and turning onto my street, and each time I honestly feel my life is more and more in danger with people starting to now park on the street, not realizing there’s only one lane now (without warning or signage), using the parking/biking lanes to pass, or going straight through that turn coming out of the city.

It is pure idiocy, but there is no other way for people that need to go north into town, coming home from the south, to get there without driving all the way to Park and people are taking dangerous chances.”

Here’s what they’re talking about:

10 Responses

  1. get1out says:

    I have suffered through this intersection too. They need to put it back to two lanes, and add a barrier so that the people going west and turning right cannot immediately get in the left hand land. That makes it safer for the people going east and turning left. Overall it is a terrible intersection, but the volumes require people going both directions to turn in at the same time. If not then it takes forever to get into Hoboken.

  2. john14 says:

    They should make the open lot to the left a cemetery for all the bikers that perish in this death trap. Perfect use of eminent domain.

  3. kyoung116 says:

    Let’s invite the Mayor and Mr Sacs for a PM rush hour bike ride through this part of Jackson St. Follow that up with a drive in and out of town and top it all off with a fun game of twilight pedestrian chicken through the “stop sign” crosswalks.

  4. jchoboken says:

    This is absolute disaster. What is the best way to contact our moron of a mayor?

  5. briank says:

    This change is a mess. Additionally, it seems to me that the green light at Newark/Monroe/Grove has been shortened for those people coming into town now that there is a left turn arrow for those heading out of town. So traffic onto Jackson is slower, and traffic heading straight across Newark eastbound is slower.
    What needs to e done is a full analysis of the traffic flow in the southwest corner of town. How many cars are driving through there to get onto Paterson Plank Rd? I there was ever a case for eminent domain it would re-routing Paterson Plank Rd right over the NJ Transit and light rail tracks (the garbage hauling company and the motorcycle club on the other side wouldn’t be happy).

  6. YipYap says:

    The road to Jalalabad will have less deaths annually if people start actually using that bike lane.

  7. rocklobster says:

    Which crackhead came up with this? Those of us who actually live in that part of town need to use Jackson, and I agree w/ briank that they should have rerouted the rest of traffic around town instead of limiting access for residents. It was complete chaos at around 5pm today, with kamikaze drivers deciding that there were now 3 lanes instead of bike, parking and a place to actually drive. This town is just a complete mess now; it’s sickening.

  8. LobstaGirl says:

    I love the “bikers” who now have a place to not obey any stop signs & cause more headaches for real drivers……….Will they be issues tickets, we all know the answer to this but will they cause accidents? We all know the answer to this as well. Way to go City Hall!…….I think this administration thinks we live in Mayberry.

  9. HomeTeam says:

    I just got to take a look at this on a Saturday morning and it was already a mess with cars backed up. It is pretty obvious that not a single rational thought went into this new pattern.

  10. seahorse says:

    I almost got hit from a confused driver turning left from the right lane of Jackson onto Paterson Road today. A car actually has to cross the intricately patterned WIDE bike lane next to turn left. I tried to call city hall today to complain and got bounced around 3 different departments with no interest or answer. Its no kidding that someone will lose their life in an accident if this setup is not changed. 😐

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