Botched traffic light = water main break
Another Hoboken water main break
One of four new traffic lights going up in Hoboken, NJ led to what seems to be the 100th water main break so far in 2013. The scene downtown near Jackson & Newark Streets is typical for what Hoboken has become as we keep building more and more. The density is causing unsustainable traffic patterns, and the city – instead of saying “let’s scale back development for awhile so we can figure out a sensible model,” thinks the band-aid approach of installing “traffic calming measures” is better.
Meanwhile – I asked one of the workers what happened to this rather large main (they suspect it was between 18″ and 24″), and they said “The road was not clearly marked.”
Apparently – whomever “marked” the street to indicate where the pipes were (United Water?), put the markings on the wrong side of the street, said the worker.
Downtown Hoboken will be an absolute mess during rush hour tonight. So if possible – leave work NOW (and take the uptown entrance to the city). Either way – be prepared for a little bit of a commuting nightmare until repairs are done.
It looks like these water mains are the best “traffic calming measures” ever! Completely no traffic at all!