How bad are Hoboken road conditions?

Worsening Hoboken Road Conditions

Potholes and other bumpy surfaces are generally the norm when it comes to Hoboken road conditions. You know it’s bad when even local Hoboken politicians make them front-running topics.

Properly run cities quickly figure out ways to solve the problem by whatever means necessary. Even if that means sidelining other less important projects such as parks or soccer fields. But in Hoboken, it seems our administration equates “priorities” with “will this score me votes in the next election?” We have so much on our plate here in town, it’s apparent important necessities like the basic infrastructure are getting neglected. Just like how Observer Highway could have been repaved with grant money, it was lost due to some pipe-dream of quickly transforming that road into a perfect traffic and pedestrian “oasis” called Observer Boulevard. I’d be shocked if that happened this decade.

Meanwhile the road condition there downtown (and everywhere else) continues to deteriorate. Wonder why?

Because instead of spending money to fix to the roads – the city uses that money to conduct “studies” that our roads are bad. Just like we mentioned earlier another $200,000 contract to Boswell Engineering to tell us what we already know: Hoboken road conditions suck! (I’d make a map too for 100 grand!)

Click the image below to see the full size map – which was created in 2011. Make notes in the comments to add any additional RED roads – maybe we can prevent the city from doling out more money for studies that LEAD NOWHERE!

Hoboken Road Conditions NJ

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5 Comments on "How bad are Hoboken road conditions?"


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9th Street
2 years 6 months ago

Bloomfield St. is definitely not “fair” as the map suggested. My teeth rattle each time we drive up it. You even did an article about it last week when the wheel fell off a car.

Probably the only road that is in good condition today is River Street downtown, because it was paved just last year.

Maybe Buddy from Cake Boss can donate some batter to fill the holes in the meantime.

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briank
2 years 6 months ago

The bigger problems are the sewage and other underground infrastructure as well as developers and utilities. Dozens of blocks were repaved a couple years ago and are already rough. There are small to medium sinkholes under the road surface that the city simply fills with more asphalt instead of fixing the underlying problem. The second issue is that developers and utilities dig up the road for repairs or to connect gas lines etc but never properly repave. They use a basic hand formed patch (sometimes the only asphalt available in winter) but never come back to properly fix the road with a steam roller etc. The rule should be if you mess it up you fix back to the way you found it.

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HomeTeam
2 years 6 months ago

This. [quote comment=”219548″]The bigger problems are the sewage and other underground infrastructure as well as developers and utilities. Dozens of blocks were repaved a couple years ago and are already rough. There are small to medium sinkholes under the road surface that the city simply fills with more asphalt instead of fixing the underlying problem. The second issue is that developers and utilities dig up the road for repairs or to connect gas lines etc but never properly repave. They use a basic hand formed patch (sometimes the only asphalt available in winter) but never come back to properly fix the road with a steam roller etc. The rule should be if you mess it up you fix back to the way you found it.[/quote]

Member
2 years 6 months ago

PSEG dug up the entire length of my block which had been repaved a few years ago. Their half-ass patches have all sunk about 3 inches and it’s getting worse. PSEG should be required to repave the entire road, not just a trench. [quote comment=”219548″]The bigger problems are the sewage and other underground infrastructure as well as developers and utilities. Dozens of blocks were repaved a couple years ago and are already rough. There are small to medium sinkholes under the road surface that the city simply fills with more asphalt instead of fixing the underlying problem. The second issue is that developers and utilities dig up the road for repairs or to connect gas lines etc but never properly repave. They use a basic hand formed patch (sometimes the only asphalt available in winter) but never come back to properly fix the road with a steam roller etc. The rule should be if you mess it up you fix back to the way you found it.[/quote]

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blueskyrunning
2 years 6 months ago

1. Winter is hell on roads (have you tried to drive on the 1-9 lately it makes Hoboken look like the Yellow Brick road). This is every town’s problem, its not unique.

2. If you are going to fix the roads make sure you aren’t going to turn around and rip them up again. There are a lot of plans to make significant improvements to Washington and Observer – it makes no sense to pay for the same thing twice. Some things are better to wait for. BRIANK makes some very valid points.

However, of there were less blocking on the city council by the ‘minority’ then maybe the Zimmer administration would actually be able to do more 💡 .

3. Parks!! this is a quality of life issue that benefits all residents, especially the youth, not just the drivers. The money for for current park projects comes from GRANTS – FREE MONEY ❗ to the city (we are getting it for free because the city planners were successful arguing on our behalf that someone else should pay for it… that is city working at its best).