Downtown Infrastructure Mayhem
8/6/2008 Deja Vu:
As an update to the SAME SPOT almost six months ago, United Water has shut the water supply off to an unknown number of residents downtown after another massive water main break overnight.
The trouble spot: on Park Avenue just north of Observer Highway between the Municipal Garage and the Archstone Building at 77 Park. The street is open in the same spot extensive repairs were done not that long ago that closed Park Avenue for weeks. Looks like those repairs didn’t last very long. I hope it’s still under “warranty!”
I’d suggest boiling your water, but for many people there is no water to boil!
PS, today’s Boathouse opening couldn’t have come at a better time!
SEE FEBRUARY 2008 BREAK AFTER THE JUMP…
The crews have been working all weekend on the Park Avenue sewer main. A large section of the old interlocking brick sewer pipe apparently failed and had to be removed and replaced with a new pipe. The trick is to seal up the connection between the old and new, and crews appear to be pumping water into the pipe to check for leaks. If they can’t get the street patched up by morning watch for more traffic snarls on Observer Highway in the morning.
Is your street next?
Park Avenue between Observer Highway and Newark Street is closed as United Water crews rip the road apart to get to yet another leaking water main. This time it is underground between the Archstone building and Municipal garage. This morning there were signs part of the street was buckling near the garage, and now the whole street is ripped up. Residents say the road gets excavated every couple of years due to frequent trouble with the pipes underground. Observer is jammed up due to one lane closed by Park Avenue.
At the same time the North Hudson Sewerage Authority is partially blocking the intersection of Garden and Newark, the sidewalk along the Archstone property, and the intersection of Park and Newark. Both these intersections are among the first in town to flood, so hopefully they are doing something about it. In the meantime, steer clear of that area, and if you were parked where they ripped up the street, don’t be surprised to come home and see you car has been towed and your water is brown. Hoboken sweet Hoboken.
Thanks to the Hoboken411 reader who sent the pictures in!