Hoboken begins southwest traffic changes

New pilot program aims to ease congestion

According to the city's consultant, the traffic pattern changes could reduce travel delays by up to 20 percent.
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According to the city's consultant, the traffic pattern changes could reduce travel delays by up to 20 percent.

Construction will begin on traffic circulation upgrades in southwest Hoboken this week as the city make changes to Second Street, Paterson Avenue, and Marshall Street to reduce congestion.

Under the one-year pilot program with Hudson County, Second Street will be converted from one-way westbound to two-way between Marshall Street and Jackson Street; Paterson Avenue will be converted from two-way to one-way westbound between Monroe Street and Harrison Street; and Marshall Street will be converted from two-way to one-way northbound between Paterson Avenue/First Street and Second Street.

Bright View Engineering, the city’s consultant, which modeled the changes in traffic patterns and signal timings, predicts up to a 20 percent reduction in travel delays in the area once the new circulation patterns are implemented.

“I want to thank County Executive Tom DeGise for supporting the change in traffic pattern on Paterson Avenue,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Implementing these changes as a one-year pilot project is a great way to experiment with innovative solutions to longstanding traffic congestion challenges in southwest Hoboken. If there is even a fraction of the improvements in travel times that are predicted by the traffic model, the changes in traffic patterns will be a major quality-of-life upgrade for residents who commute through southwest Hoboken.”

“Mayor Bhalla and the city council have made a genuine commitment to improving traffic flow in southwest Hoboken leading to these traffic circulation pattern changes and other recent long-needed improvements,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “Our hope is that traffic congestion will improve.”

These changes are the latest improvements to be implemented by the city to ease southwest congestion. In 2017 the city installed three new traffic signals on Observer Highway and implemented new traffic patterns on Harrison Street, Jackson Street, Madison Street, and Jersey Avenue.

Making connections

“We’re hopeful that the pilot program will move vehicles more efficiently through southwest Hoboken,” said Council President Ruben Ramos. “We will also continue engaging both Jersey City and Hudson County officials with the ultimate goal to create a new road connection from Hoboken to Jersey City.”

The city will install several upgrades as part of its Vision Zero initiative that aims to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and injuries by 2030.

These improvements include a new crosswalk and curb extension at Marshall Street and Second Street; new multi-way stop signs at the intersections of Second and Marshall streets, Second and Harrison streets, and Second and Jackson streets; upgraded traffic signals and controllers on Paterson Avenue between Monroe Street and Harrison Street; a new bicycle lane on Marshall Street; and new ADA-compliant curb ramps with detectable warning surfaces.

Due to Second Street becoming a two-way street under the pilot, some curbside parking will be eliminated, according to the city, but new spaces will be added to Paterson Avenue and Marshall Street to offset the removal.

The existing bus stop on the eastbound side of Paterson Avenue serving the 22, 85, and 87 NJ Transit bus routes will be moved about 100 feet further west on Paterson Avenue just west of Harrison Street.

Construction was scheduled to begin on or about Tuesday, July 13.

From July 13 to July 16 Second Street will be restriped and converted from one-way westbound to two-way between Marshall Street and Jackson Street. From July 19 to 23 Paterson Avenue will be resurfaced and converted from two-way to one-way westbound between Monroe Street and Harrison Street. Marshall Street will be converted to one-way northbound between First Street and Second Street on the same day that Paterson Avenue is converted to one-way westbound between Monroe Street and Harrison Street.

This schedule is tentative due to weather and other conditions.

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