Hoboken continues with construction projects adhering to CDC guidelines

Projects including water, parks, and walkways

The first phase of Hoboken's water main replacement project is scheduled to be completed by September.
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The first phase of Hoboken's water main replacement project is scheduled to be completed by September.

Construction crews will be working throughout Hoboken as the city continues to advance various projects this month. The largest are the upgrades to the city’s aging water infrastructure and the construction of the Northwest Resiliency Park.

The Elysian Park play surface and the Maxwell Park dog run are also under construction, as is the continued rehabilitation of the South Waterfront Walkway.

According to the city, all contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, and suppliers are following CDC guidelines and employer policies for COVID-19 protection.

Water main replacement

The city continues with the first phase of its water main replacement project, which will replace 15 blocks or 7,035 linear feet of the city’s oldest water mains.

There are more than 41 miles of water mains in Hoboken. The majority of pipes range in age from 100 years and older to as new as less than one year.

Hoboken has long suffered from water main breaks and flooding due in part to the age of the water mains.

Pressure fluctuations, vibrations, and seasonal changes in temperature, which often cause the cast-iron pipes to become brittle, can cause breaks.

Upgrades include new water mains, service lines to the curb box, curb to curb resurfacing, green infrastructure, and complete street design with safety improvements related to the city’s Vision Zero initiative.

Construction began in September 2019 but was paused in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monroe Street between Third and Fourth streets will be closed at times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from July 6 to July 10 for the transfer of water services from the old water main to the new water main.

That same week, Garden Street between Fourth and Fifth streets will be closed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the installation of the catch basin and piping for the Subsurface Storage Work/Green Infrastructure work.

Closures will also happen on Garden Street between Observer Highway and Newark Street between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the same work.

Still to come this summer will be the milling and paving of street segments where water main installation occurs which could take two to three weeks at the pace of one block per day followed by traffic striping, according to the city.

The first phase is expected to be completed by September of this year.

The construction of the water mains uses low interest and interest-free loans from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank and does not use funding from the 2020 municipal budget, according to the city.

Last July, the city entered into a new contract with the city’s water management provider, SUEZ, that aimed to facilitate upgrades.

Under this 15-year contract, the city receives $33 million in revenue to make system-wide infrastructure upgrades through 2034, with an average of $2.2 million in water investments per year. This $2.2 million is more than six times the amount of the previous contract, which provided only $350,000 per year in upgrades and repairs.

More information about the water infrastructure upgrades project is available at https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/drinking-water-infrastructure-upgrades-phase-1.

Northwest Resiliency Park

The city’s five-acre Northwest Resiliency Park is still under construction. Once completed, it will store up to 2 million gallons of rainwater with above- and below-ground infrastructure to mitigate local flooding.

This week, work will continue on preparation for concrete placement for the million-gallon tank foundation slab.

Pile driving will began for the park’s Terrace foundation on July 8 and will continue through July 10.

The city has noise and vibration monitoring protocols in place, but noise and vibrations are to be expected.

The dewatering and treatment system for the tank excavation will continue to operate 24 hours a day.

The following week, the same activities will take place from July 13 through 17.

The city uses a combination of low interest and interest-free loans, principal forgiveness for the resiliency features, and grant money to save more than  $19 million over the life of the project.

The Northwest Resiliency Park also uses the Open Space Trust Fund to pay for the construction costs of the Northwest Park, and is not using any funding from the 2020 municipal budget, according to the city.
More information about the Northwest Resiliency Park construction is available at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark  including information on noise and vibration monitoring.

South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation

The South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation project will continue, with resetting 21,600 square feet of pavers along the walkway next week.

A new irrigation system has been installed and trees have been planted along the walkway. All lighting at Pier A has been upgraded to LED lighting. After the pavers are reset, benches will be installed.
More information about the South Waterfront Walkway Rehabilitation Project is available at  https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/south-waterfront-improvements

Maxwell Park dog run

The dog run at Maxwell Park will be closed starting on July 6 through mid-August to construct improvements. The water fountain near the dog run will also be closed during this time.

Upgrades include expanding the area of the dog run and replacing the gravel surface with synthetic turf, as well as adding new benches, a dual water fountain, pet waste stations, and fencing.

Three trees will need to be removed for the expansion of the dog run but the city says that six new trees will be planted.

Elysian Park

The northern playground at Elysian Park remains closed; the safety surface has been removed to prepare for the installation of a new drainage system, followed by a new synthetic turf playground safety surface.

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