Time for pedestrian bridges?

Would pedestrian bridges be a good fit in Hoboken?

Hoboken411 reader Dave – who’s been around a long time in Hoboken, has also noticed the trend of disturbing pedestrian accidents in town.

And as Hoboken’s population steadily increases – perhaps it’s time to consider working pedestrian bridges at the most treacherous intersections?

He pointed out that North Bergen officials recognize how to effectively handle pedestrian safety, as they’re finishing up a pedestrian bridge installation at 33rd and Kennedy Boulevard.

Not only would this make traffic flow more smoothly in areas they’re installed – less chances for moronic accidents.

What areas would be prime for bridges like this? Down by the PATH? Jackson Street? Uptown anywhere?

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16 Comments on "Time for pedestrian bridges?"


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rich k
3 years 5 months ago

With two large residential buildings going up, and more on the way, and the widening of the viaduct, the first pedestrian bridge should go across Park at 14th Street. And it should be an el-shaped bridge, crossing both the base of the viaduct and Park.
Those new residents will be riding the bus to Port Authority, and there is no point during the light cycle at that intersection where it is actually safe to cross either road. There have already been fatal vehicular accidents there. As the population uptown grows, a pedestrian death is inevitable.

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Evelyn
3 years 5 months ago

Don’t you mean Willow? But if pedestrian bridges are ever installed downtown, they’d definitely have to be fenced in to prevent drunk mishaps (tossed bottles, puke, bodies).[quote comment=”216744″]With two large residential buildings going up, and more on the way, and the widening of the viaduct, the first pedestrian bridge should go across Park at 14th Street. And it should be an el-shaped bridge, crossing both the base of the viaduct and Park. Those new residents will be riding the bus to Port Authority, and there is no point during the light cycle at that intersection where it is actually safe… Read more »

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rich k
3 years 5 months ago

Yeah, I meant Willow. Note to self – never, ever, refer to a location without triple checking Google Maps. After all, I only drive through that intersection once or twice a day.[quote comment=”216745″]Don’t you mean Willow?But if pedestrian bridges are ever installed downtown, they’d definitely have to be fenced in to prevent drunk mishaps (tossed bottles, puke, bodies).[/quote]

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3 years 5 months ago

At one point the estimate for that bridge was $4M…quite the expensive proposition. Also no place downtown could handle the amount of right of way required to build both ends of the bridge (which has to have elevators to make it ADA accessible).

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briank
3 years 5 months ago

The comment about lack of space is correct. Walk/Don’t walk signs with countdown timers would be a lot more helpful around town. As a parent of a 4 year old- how am I supposed to explain to her when she can walk as we look up at the traffic signal from a 45 degree angle on the corner and try to explain which lanes the green is for a which lanes the red is for? And if it’s sunny out then the lights are completely washed out. Another thing- that monstrosity crossing Kennedy is the most over engineered thing around-… Read more »

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Holygoof
3 years 5 months ago

I think they are good in theory. And the uptown location near the via duct construction makes sense. Considering how Hoboken manages to screw up most project I would imagine it would take up to 10 years to get something approved and built if they started the process today. And the disruption could be worse than the cure, esp downtown. I’d like to see a big overhaul of the traffic patterns, make some streets foot and/or bike traffic only, add more walk/don’t walk signs, make some streets head in parking which will add spots, and make some others no parking… Read more »

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spoon
3 years 5 months ago

One place a bridge will be needed one day is from the northwest area where the beergarden and battaglias and edge lofts is to where Hudson Tea is. There is no way to cross Willow and park avenue in a good way with cars ripping in and out of Hoboken. It’s not needed now since there is almost nothing over there, but it will be needed once that area become populated or you will see lots of accidents.

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