HUDSON COUNTY -- On Aug. 30, 2012 and lasting for approximately 10 weeks, traffic on the 14th Street Viaduct between Hoboken and the Union City/Jersey City Heights border will be closed in the west-bound direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. East-bound traffic will remain open.
The contract for construction of the viaduct called for the complete closure of the viaduct at night to install 50 beams that average 120 feet long. This work is not noise-free, but was expected to be done at night in August and September to reduce daytime traffic delays. After further consideration, the contractor indicated that they can leave one lane open on the viaduct if they were permitted to work during the day.
The hours of lane closure will be from 9 to 3 to avoid peak period traffic. Traffic congestion is still expected, but the benefit of the daytime detour is to not disturb area residents at night from the noise. Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she is thankful to Hudson County for working to find an alternative to nighttime construction.
The century-old Viaduct will be completely replaced as part of a $45 million dollar infrastructure upgrade of this section of northwest Hoboken overseen by the county.
When in the area, look for detour signs.