WASHINGTON STREET PAVING SCHEDULED: Long Overdue Improvements on Hoboken’s Main Commercial Corridor Set For Next Week
The City of Hoboken has announced that the next phase of Washington Street’s $17 million redesign project is scheduled to take place next week, with milling and paving from 7th Street to 11th Street.
Weather permitting, that section of Washington Street will be milled Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23. Paving will follow on Wednesday, October 24 and Thursday, October 25.
The plan is for one lane to remain open so that buses may stay on their routes for as long as possible. Cars will be redirected to side streets during this time. Additional Hoboken Police Department officers will be on each corner, directing buses and ushering people to the correct pickup/drop-off locations.
Washington Street milling and paving continues next week https://t.co/uPqpzxmCzx pic.twitter.com/BQRVUF7sOj
— City of Hoboken (@CityofHoboken) October 19, 2018
Hoboken’s main thoroughfare, Washington Street was named as the best downtown in North Jersey, as recently as 2014. However, a lapse in maintenance while preparing a redesign left the street in desperate shape. The effort to restore Washington Street has itself become disjointed, with repairs now expected to last well into 2019.
The past few years have seen significant turnover in commercial interests on Washington Street, with a number of storefronts currently vacant. While it’s still an essential thoroughfare, business owners along the street have reported serious losses throughout the redesign.