Construction continues on the five-acre Northwest Resiliency Park, which will have above- and below-ground infrastructure to withhold up to two million gallons of rainwater to help mitigate flooding.
Construction continues because it is considered an “essential construction project” under Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 122 which ceased the physical operations of all nonessential construction projects in April.
According to a Nixle alert from the city, General Contractor Tomco Construction, its subcontractors and suppliers, Construction Manager Michael Baker International, and agents of the City of Hoboken are following CDC guidelines and employer policies for COVID-19 protection. Strict practices are being employed, including conducting daily interviews of employees to verify their health and that of their families, and that they are using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
This week, contractors will continue excavating and installing bracing for the one-million-gallon subsurface storage tank with the lowermost portion of the excavation beginning approximately May 13.
The city warned residents in a Nixle alert that there may be some naturally-occurring odors associated with this work which are attributable to the natural decay of organic material within the clay being excavated, and not from any contamination sources.
“The Air Monitoring Technician has specifically monitored this odor for volatile organic compounds, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, and flammable gases, and has determined that there are no hazards or risks associated with this odor,” stated the alert.
This week contractors will also continue de-watering and conducting the treatment system for the tank excavation 24 hours a day, as well as conducting storm drainage construction, and general earthwork grading.
The contractor will be receiving and stockpiling crushed stone for placement in the one-million-gallon tank area as the excavation is completed, along with other materials associated with this work.
PSE&G will be cutting and capping existing gas mains on Grand Street between 11th and 12th streets. This means that on Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15 from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Grand Street between 11th and 12th streets will be closed.
The alert states no significantly noisy activities are anticipated on the project site.
More information about the Northwest Resiliency Park construction is available at http://www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark