Hoboken Complete Streets {to begin}

So the construction is set to begin next month on the re-vamping of Washington Street in Hoboken. They have 550 days to complete the project (late-summer 2018).

Let’s see how weather problems and water main breaks keeps them on schedule.

Construction to Begin on Washington Street Redesign

The contract for construction of the $17 million Washington Street rehabilitation and redesign project has been awarded and construction is scheduled to begin in early January. In addition to milling, paving and striping Washington Street from Observer Highway to 15th Street, the project also includes:

• Installation of 15 new traffic signals with pedestrian countdown timers, emergency pre-emption system, and optimized signal timing
• Installation of concrete bump outs at corners with ADA handicap curb ramps and high visibility crosswalks
• Addition of 15 rain gardens and drainage improvements to capture stormwater and help reduce the City’s flooding
• Replacement of century-old water mains and service lines to new valve boxes at the curb
• Installation of conduit for an electrical microgrid and fiber optic cabling
• Refurbishment of all existing street lights with more efficient lighting fixtures
• Addition of Class II unprotected bicycle lanes from Observer Highway to 8th Street
• Creation of dedicated commercial loading zones

The scope of the project improvements is limited to the roadway from curb to curb. With the exception of corners and improved lighting, the project will not include replacement of sidewalks or street furniture.

Construction Schedule

Work on the project was scheduled to begin this fall, however due to a frivolous legal challenge by one of the bidders, the City was unable to award the contract until last week. The legal challenge was dismissed and the City won the litigation in full and is now proceeding with this important project.

The contract has been approved, and the contractor has been issued the Notice to Proceed and has begun mobilization for the project. The contractor anticipates beginning construction in early January, with the digging of test pits to minimize future utility conflicts during construction. The contract requires that all work between Observer Highway and 8th Street be complete within 365 days and that the entire project between Observer Highway and 15th Street be complete within 550 days. Additional project milestones require that the first traffic signal be installed and operational within 5 months, with an additional new signal operational every 3 weeks. The contractor will be assessed liquidated damages of $5,000 per day if the project is not completed on time.

Construction Hours

Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 7:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm. On weekdays, setup of daily activities will be permitted to begin at 6:30am with cleanup activities completed by8:00pm. On Saturdays, setup is permitted to start at 8:30am with cleanup completed by 4:00pm. The modified construction hours were approved by the City Council in order to expedite the construction schedule and minimize the disruption to this vital commercial corridor.

Work Zones

The contractor may have a maximum of three work zones, and there must be a minimum of two intersections between work zones. Work zones will begin mid-block and may include up to two intersections. There will be no parking on both sides of the road along blocks where a work zone has been established. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Washington Street during construction.

Project Updates

Project updates will be posted on the project website at www.washingtonstreetproject.com, which will be available as of Friday, December 9th. Updates will also be issued via an email and through social media accounts. Visit the project website to sign up to receive project updates via email. A field office will be established where the project Resident Engineer will hold regular office hours.

Pre-Construction Water Line Valve Inspections

Starting on Tuesday, December 13th, through Thursday, December 15th, SUEZ Water will be inspecting water valves along Washington Street and isolating sections of the main to verify that the shutdown will hold during the replacement of the main. Crews will be on site at approximately 9:00pm to clean out valves in preparation of the main shutdown. The water main on each block will be temporarily shut down for 10 to 15 minutes between midnight and 5:00am in order to minimize disruptions to businesses and residents. Work will begin at Observer Highway and proceed north. Since many of the valves are old, there is the possibility of a valve breaking, and SUEZ crews will be on site to make any necessary repairs.

Private Utilities

The project will involve the replacement of water mains as well as water service lines from the main to new valve boxes at the curb. It will not include replacement of private service lines from the curb to buildings, so it is recommended that property owners who still have older lead water lines replace the service line to their property with copper pipe or other approved material. Please contact SUEZ Water at 844-341-5323 (LEAD) if you plan to replace your service line or visit www.mysuezwater.com/lead for more information. In addition, property owners who need to upgrade any private utilities that extend under the roadway including sewer laterals, gas, electric, cable, phone, or Internet are strongly urged to make all needed road and sidewalk openings as quickly as possible prior to completion of the project.

Temporary Interruption of Water Service

There will be a brief interruption in water service for each of the 537 water services along Washington Street for the replacement of the water mains and service lines to the curb. The project engineer and contractor will coordinate with property owners to minimize disruption to businesses and residents.

Commercial Deliveries & Waste

Temporary delivery zones and trash storage and pickup areas will be established for the affected businesses/residents within the work zone areas.

See previous updates below…

Washington St. “Complete Streets” plan: Incoming disaster?

Complete Streets. The city continues to try and stuff progressive ideals into a space that isn’t capable of handling them. This is NOT Denmark or other European city – and we don’t want it to be. Look what’s happening over there these days – DO YOU WANT THAT HERE? I didn’t think so.

Anyway, take a look at some of the concepts in the diagrams below. Click to view larger images.

There was a meeting last week with 50+ prominent Hoboken business owners and residents regarding this Washington Street “Complete Streets” fiasco, where they want BIKE FUCKING LANES everywhere. Every single attendee of this meeting OPPOSED the bike lanes, re-configuration of parking spaces, and the utterly stupid NARROWING of the travel lanes. The same crap is happening along Observer Highway too.

But their sentiments fell ON DEAF EARS.

(PS – is someone going to “shovel” the bike lanes when it snows? Haha, good luck with that!)

But there is a meeting TONIGHT at City Hall at 7:30pm, if you want to show support or opposition to this nutty plan. Depending on feedback, they city may try to attempt final adoption of (a) plan during the regular council meeting of Wednesday, February 17th.

There are much bigger problems to contend with in Hoboken – and the city (primarily “mayor” don Zimmer) have become obsessed psychopaths with this “everyone safe” bullshit. At the expense of people who do NOT need any help!

Remember: The city ALREADY HAS an awesome (and safe) bike path along the beautiful waterfront! Why push it to the point of excess?

Downtown concept:

Hoboken Washington Complete Streets Plan Downtown side view - Hoboken Complete Streets {to begin}

Hoboken Washington Complete Streets Plan Downtown top view - Hoboken Complete Streets {to begin}

Uptown concept:

Hoboken Washington Complete Streets Plan uptown side view - Hoboken Complete Streets {to begin}

Hoboken Washington Complete Streets Plan uptown top view - Hoboken Complete Streets {to begin}

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Put her in jail! She has PREVENTED the placement of new PS&G street lights for years! These lights are now several years into the life if the new technology. There is another grab at your wallet for 2 Million addition in debt. That’s a debt load of twice the budget. Debt loads are usually a number significantly LESS than 100%.


Luckily they folded under pressure from businesses about those horrid bike lanes.


I am one who thinks this doesn’t go far enough – I don’t know why there are cars on Washington. Let’s put in bike lanes, bring back the street cars and call it a day. And I am serious. As long as the cops quarter heartedly enforce double parking and people think they are entitled to do it, this will just be a mess. I cannot wait to see how narrowed the streets will get like this. The 126 will be at a standstill.


I should mention that I did attend the Washington Street ReDesign meetings and the consultants have done very nice work. Just I would favor the option without bike lanes. Maybe a referendum on this issue is ideal. Washington Street should be whatever most Hobokenites would like it to be.

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I am assuming that most of the public attending this meeting went to voice opposition? It only makes sense since this is the stupidest idea ever. Even calling it an “idea” gives it too much credit, as that implies thought went into it. But clearly here there is no thinking going on.


well there were the Girl Scouts who spoke in favor. Apparently the parents were unaware that trauma is the highest cause of mortality and morbidity in the pediatric population. Agreed asinine idea, illustrative of the mentality of admin and blind followers. They hoped to ram rod a decision.