Hoboken to upgrade waterfront walkway

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According to a press release from the city, Hoboken and the South Waterfront Corporation will upgrade the walkway and bike paths on the south waterfront between Sinatra Drive and Newark Street, and along Pier A.

The improvements include restoring the surface, replacing trees and vegetation, and upgrading pedestrian and bicycle safety features.

Residents can review the plans at a community meeting on April 30 at the Multi-Service Center, 124 Grand St. at 6:30 p.m.

The project will restore portions of the walkway from the intersection of Sinatra Drive and Fourth Street to the intersection of Sinatra Drive and Newark Street.  Upgrades are proposed to the railings, benches, lighting, and the planting of new trees and vegetation.

It will also improve the south waterfront bicycle path in that area to enhance bicycle and pedestrian mobility, and provide a connection to the waterfront walkway at Fourth Street and Newark Street. The design also includes pedestrian safety improvements connecting to the west side of Sinatra Drive. Upgrades to the bicycle path will be considered, as well as additional tree plantings and vegetation east and west of the bicycle path.

“Our waterfront is what makes our city special for both residents and visitors,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in the release. “These upgrades will greatly enhance the experience when walking and biking along our waterfront, increase pedestrian safety, and improve the connectivity of our city.”

Last month, the South Waterfront Corporation, which jointly maintains the public and open space along the south waterfront with the city, approved a contract with Kimley-Horn and subconsultant ENGenuity to oversee the upgrades.  The South Waterfront Corporation consist of the City of Hoboken, the Port Authority, Ironstate Development, SJP Properties, and Mack-Cali.

The project team is currently completing a field review of existing conditions, including soil testing.