Hoboken accident waiting to happen?

Hoboken411 story puts city into action

Thanks to Hoboken411 and reader Michelle, the story we published last week about the nonsensical intersection at Newark & Monroe apparently woke people up at city hall.

They obviously realized how ridiculous the situation was at this intersection – and not only added a second sign – but covered them up today. Not sure if updated, clearer signs are coming, or if they’re just waiting until the paint on the road matches the street signs.

We’ll see what happens – and always keep your eyes peeled on what’s happening in our fair city. It’s the only way to maintain sanity around here!

Convoluted signage at Newark & Monroe in Hoboken


The “new and improved” intersection at Monroe Street at Observer Highway is messed up for the following reasons:

  1. Directional sign is misleading (arrows)
  2. Directional sign is too far south (too late for driver to see)
  3. Paint on middle lane contradicts sign
  4. No orange “new traffic pattern ahead” warning sign

See what Hoboken411 reader Michelle has to say about this after the jump!

Confusing Signage at Newark and Monroe Streets in Hoboken NJ

Hey Hoboken: Be aware of traffic pattern change at Monroe St.!

“I was just wondering if you could post something to the site so that I don’t get killed when driving in Hoboken.

The traffic light at Monroe and observer where there used to be 2 rights and a Left lane has changed in the past week.

There used to be joint left lane that allowed you to make a soft left and go straight onto grove street and make a left onto observer is now a Left only onto observer. the center lane that used to be for right turns is now for that quasi soft left/straight turn onto Grove. and the right lane is still for rights.”

Sign at newark and monroe in Hoboken NJ

“People used to use the middle to make lefts and cut people off and people would honk and almost get in accidents..now people who can’t look at signs and notice something is different don’t realize this has changed and are trying to run you off the road and are almost causing accidents. (when they are now in the wrong lane and should only be in the left if they are turning left onto observer)”

Street paint newark and monroe hoboken NJ 2

“I would like to make it to work alive each morning and I don’t think Hoboken did a good enough job marking the lane or posting a sign. They should have put a sign next to the left lane too, the arrow they drew in the middle lane isn’t clear, and for a week or so they should put up an orange sign pointing out that there has been a change in the pattern of the lanes.

If you could post something about this it might reach half of the drivers and help with the problem. Thank you so much!


How to fix this unnecessary problem

Besides having the proper street marking and sufficient warnings that the pattern has changed – Hoboken Traffic Puppet Ian Sacs should also clear up this sign as well. He obviously doesn’t leave the office much – and had probably never witnessed how bad this intersection gets every morning. The current sign will not help much at all.

The sign should look more like this – but probably won’t happen. Sacs is too busy furthering his “traffic education” on the property taxpayers dime (classes, hotel accommodations, meals and more.)

Improved signage at Newark and Monroe in Hoboken NJ

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 5:41 pm

Well, if we were in Poland, there would be no discussion but since we are in Hoboken, no discussion is needed as well.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 10:54 am

drove thru last night and they have COVERED all those damn new signs! so now, the lanes are still painted (middle is right turn only), but people are all still mucked up! Also, noticed there’s a second set of traffic lights all over the intersection, still covered/unused – never noticed those before…

can’t wait to see what happens next from Zimmer’s buffoons!

Monday, March 19, 2012 10:35 am

i definitely got beeped at last night for following the new sign and turning onto grove from the middle lane. EVERYONE from the far right lane was still turning onto grove and thought i was the asshole driver.

Saturday, March 17, 2012 12:09 pm

The county’s plan is for many of those roads to become one-way: http://www.hudsoncountynj.org/SharedFiles/Download.aspx?pageid=11&fileid=296&mid=183

Friday, March 16, 2012 1:30 pm

If you followed that arrow in the center column of the sign, you’d end up crashing into the metal garage door in the building ahead.

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