More Hoboken traffic headaches?

Didn’t take long for the first Madison St. accident in Hoboken

9/21/2012 Update:

Yep – just as we predicted yesterday – this wacky arrangement of arrows and bollards is just too much for this town. Hoboken411 reader Vinnie sent visual documentation of the accident as well as the resulting backlog of angry drivers.

Another day in Hoboken!

Madison St. opens in Hoboken – along with barriers and backups!


This week – the city re-opened the little stretch of Madison St. between Observer Highway and Newark Street. It’s complete with all sorts of new bollards that constrict the flow of traffic. You can’t make a left into this turn going eastbound on Newark, and the turn itself onto Observer is right turn only. (In case some of you are confused with the naming of the streets – note that Observer & Newark “criss cross” at Jefferson, and the names change.)

I’m trying to understand the logic here.

For one – the main backup is cars coming into town wanting to turn left on to Jackson Street (you know – the one with the bike lane disaster going on right now).

  • How many cars going westbound on Observer want to get back into Hoboken? Most of them are likely leaving town.
  • How many cars come from Jersey City (Marin Boulevard) that would want to make that turn instead of just going east?

But I noticed, during a VERY OFF PEAK time yesterday, that these bollards that prevent turning, also clog the flow of traffic east… and these backups I predict will soon cause gridlock (i.e., block blocking) at the Marin & Observer light. See some real examples in the photo gallery below – and try to predict when the first major accident will take place as a result.

Travel with care in Hoboken!

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7 Comments on "More Hoboken traffic headaches?"

3 years 2 months ago

I saw 3 cars go through this “street” the wrong way on my walk home last night.

3 years 2 months ago

I don’t understand those angled parking spots on that part of Madison. Someone has to break the law to park in them. Why weren’t they re-striped to match the direction of traffic? :roll:

3 years 2 months ago

Why can’t they back into those spaces when they’re traveling north on Madison from Newark? Plus the spaces are only for the firefighters, anyway.

@iamjessg, You can still make a left off of Observer onto Madison. That hasn’t changed. You just can’t make a left onto Observer from the new Madison extension.

I did notice that cars were driving over the new hatching painted on the westbound side of Newark this morning, though. Not sure why that area was hatched. [quote comment=”217196″]I don’t understand those angled parking spots on that part of Madison. Someone has to break the law to park in… Read more »

3 years 2 months ago

Just had a serious accident at this very corner – Madison and Observer. What are the odds? Rush hour on a Friday.

This has always been a bad corner, have already seen like 3 accidents here myself, problem is people turning onto Madison like maniacs. The weird new orange barricades they put up now make the people already going down Observer from the West turn onto the block at an odd far away angle, thats probably why the folks on the other side of traffic going down Newark as it becomes Observer end up hitting aforementioned turners right at the… Read more »

3 years 2 months ago

So you mean to tell me that the people who live and park on between Newark and 1st on Madison now have to go all the way around since they can’t make that left? How does that make sense?!

I lived in, driven and parked in, and really loved (until recently) this town, but I seriously can’t wait to move out.

3 years 2 months ago

i used to think this Mayor was a complete idiot, but i come to realize that no one can be this stupid, o the only other thing i can think of is that her royal HINEYNISS just wants to bring this town toits knees before she gets the boot out of office.

3 years 1 month ago

I actually like the opening of Madison St. I’m not sure it will help alleviate the Jackson St traffic problems much, but it helps cut down on driving if you are going to Adams St from Marin Blvd.