Truck knocks Willow Ave. light out

Hoboken Living: Truck knocks Willow Avenue Light Out

Hoboken traffic light knocked out at Willow Avenue and 11th StreetsOh boy. Earlier this morning, a flatbed construction vehicle whacked out the traffic light at the intersection of 11th & Willow Avenues. Right near the Wallace School, too (evacuate the kids quick! Danger imminent!)

Hoboken resident Josh managed to snap a few pictures of the traffic-snarling debacle.

While the exact cause is unknown, it appears that it may have been driver misjudgment. Because for one, this stretch of 11th Street is ridiculously narrow to begin with. A truck that size has no business making a 90 degree turn anyway. And to make matters worse, the BMW parked on the corner was in one of those “mustard / ketchup” conundrums with the yellow and red curbs. With no clear signage as to what inside or outside corners are OK or not OK to park in probably doesn’t help. But it is probably a good guess that if this car wasn’t parked there – the truck may have had a better chance to make a wider turn and clear the intersection. So much for the corner cars cleaning up 700 parking spots!

Ahh. The perils of city living is apparent once again!

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5 Comments on "Truck knocks Willow Ave. light out"

briank
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briank

I have no idea what this trucker was thinking. He is pulling a fixed axle flatbed, which have the worst turning ability. Most trailers getting pulled through town have adjustable tandems (the two sets of axles can be slid forward toward the tractor to decrease the turning radius, though the trailer can’t carry as much weight that way). Plus he would have needed to start his turn from the northbound lanes and swing VERY wide to even think about that turn. Moron.

joey maxim
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joey maxim

first off ,if the flat bed had business in town understood..due to construction..If it was hauling material the weight is placed on front nd rear axles.for turning ability.As in the
past maybe still present there are signs stating weight limits for truckers coming into the city.posted usually on Newark n Jackson streets..West coast twin screws aka axels pulling
53 feet + the 20 ‘ trailer is 70+..So many get hung up on Park and 4th because the out of state drivers pay no heed to the wording on signs..Its been situation norm for years .As long as no one got injured..BMD was luckey no dents.[quote comment=”222015″]I have no idea what this trucker was thinking. He is pulling a fixed axle flatbed, which have the worst turning ability. Most trailers getting pulled through town have adjustable tandems (the two sets of axles can be slid forward toward the tractor to decrease the turning radius, though the trailer can’t carry as much weight that way). Plus he would have needed to start his turn from the northbound lanes and swing VERY wide to even think about that turn. Moron.[/quote]

HansBrix
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HansBrix

I’ve always wondered how some truckers seem to be able to get their rigs through the eye of a needle while others wind up in this sort of jam. I’m sure a lot of it is skill but if a truck just isn’t physically capable that’s another story (tho the driver should know the limitations).

Anyway, I’m glad I’m not a trucker. This is exactly the kind of jam I’d probably find myself in sooner or later. [quote comment=”222015″]I have no idea what this trucker was thinking. He is pulling a fixed axle flatbed, which have the worst turning ability. Most trailers getting pulled through town have adjustable tandems (the two sets of axles can be slid forward toward the tractor to decrease the turning radius, though the trailer can’t carry as much weight that way). Plus he would have needed to start his turn from the northbound lanes and swing VERY wide to even think about that turn. Moron.[/quote]

joey maxim
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joey maxim

its just a matter of west coast trailers = 53 feet trailer and 20′ cab aka sleeper ala willie nelson…= 73 feet that’s dosent belong in small streets such as we have in our town. as well the height requirement is 12’6 in the Holland tunnel and 13′ in the Lincoln tunnel .most these cowboys down observe the signs upon entering the city 4000lb wt limit and there is a bridge under the viaduct that is 12 ‘ Its called progress and I saw so many trailers shear their trailers off on Brunswick st jersey city and such…one guy beat it for the paved the highway and raised it a few inches but that’s just a luckey thing..welcome to the new wave ..cannot stop progress even with a few broken bridges and lamp posts..hang in there people.[quote comment=”222020″]I’ve always wondered how some truckers seem to be able to get their rigs through the eye of a needle while others wind up in this sort of jam. I’m sure a lot of it is skill but if a truck just isn’t physically capable that’s another story (tho the driver should know the limitations).Anyway, I’m glad I’m not a trucker. This is exactly the kind of jam I’d probably find myself in sooner or later.[/quote]

bryan999
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bryan999

Note that the traffic light is now tangled up with the telephone pole… not sure what’s happening over there right now, but that is going to be a serious pain to clean up. Everyone needs to stay away from that side of the intersection, not just kids… the light was actually functioning as it was bent over. I’d say it’s pretty dangerous.

Fine the trucker for sure for thinking that was a swift move, but I also think that BMW deserves a ticket for parking in one of those stupid yellow/red spots. The truck definitely would have cleared the turn if the BMW wasn’t there.

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