Block the box? Every day!
Fugheddaboutit! Cars Block the Box DAILY in Hoboken
We like going to Jersey City every now and then. Whether it’s for the cheap (all cash) gas station outside the Holland Tunnel, picking up some apartment essentials at Home Depot, or visiting the Hamilton Park area.
But almost every time we try to exit town from the south – the two intersections on Monroe Street between Observer and Newark are always in a state of “clusterfuck.”
They’ve tried “block the box” enforcement to no avail. And especially since they installed that traffic light at Jackson and Newark – the backlog up to Monroe is now the chief offender. Cars in the middle of the intersection, and the worst is cars making turns not allowed in their lane in order to sneak ahead of other cars who abide the directions on the signs.
See? The more “controls” they try to impose – the worse it becomes… So what do traffic engineers do other than propose pie-in-the-sky solutions that work only in absolute PERFECT conditions?
The box continues to be blocked
(say that three times fast…)
We all know traffic downtown is a nightmare – and the city likes following good leads from Hoboken411 (like the inner corner intersection bollards I’ve been talking about for years) – or plainly obvious ones like the “Do Not Block the Box” suggestion made last month.
The city recently followed suit again by implementing this so-called traffic measure – with non-existent success. By painting lines that are hardly visible – and no enforcement of the signs – cars are still clogging the intersection as if nothing was there at all.
4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti said “The Mayor’s Don’t Block the Box initiative is a little less than what we expected on Monroe and Observer. For starters, the box is not sufficiently highlighted. The lines are too thin. But, more significantly, enforcement needs to be consistent and there must be a police presence, for the short term. New signage is just not enough. We watched a traffic jam form in just a few seconds yesterday, and it wasn’t even rush hour. Too many drivers will not get the message unless they see one of our cops at that intersection.”