The screws will be tightened yet again on anyone who dares venture into the Mile Square City this weekend, as SUEZ will reconvene its underground water installation project—with traffic woes being managed by the New Jersey State Police.
Nearly a month ago, this project all but choked the access the southern access points to Hoboken—prompting Mayor Bhalla to shut it down.
“The first weekend of their scheduled work was a disaster,” said Bhalla. “They were not prepared to hold everyone accountable on their traffic control responsibilities, making everything fall on Hoboken’s shoulders and causing traffic problems far worse than anyone anticipated. I suspended their project. I’m cautiously optimistic their revised plan will be better, but I will be keeping a close eye on its impact. I am prepared to suspend their project again if need be.”
The following roads in southwest Hoboken will be closed this weekend beginning 8 p.m. Friday and reopening 5 a.m. Monday:
- Harrison Street will be closed at Paterson Avenue not allowing southbound traffic from Paterson Avenue to Observer
- Harrison Street will be closed at Observer not allowing southbound traffic from Observer to Newark Street
- Newark Street from Monroe to Harrison Street will be closed to both east and west bound traffic
Additionally, westbound lane of Newark (between Madison and Monroe) will be tapered with traffic cones two left turn only lanes onto Grove Street. Meanwhile, NJ Transit buses will be allowed to travel to Jackson Street to complete their route.
SUEZ is reportedly calling in the support of the New Jersey State Police, with Hoboken mandating that there be at least a dozen officers on hand to help with traffic flow.
In addition to this project in the Southwest of Hoboken, NJDOT will be working on Route 495, which is the inbound link on Hoboken’s northern edge.
In addition to that, the City has announced that construction on Court Street will begin today.
In addition to that, Washington Street remains woefully behind schedule.
In addition to that, St. Ann’s Feast is this weekend, which will not only draw people to town but also close off a large section of town to traffic.