UPDATE (3:45PM): Repairs are complete and Observer Highway and Marin Boulevard/Henderson Street have been re-opened to two way traffic.
UPDATE (3:00PM): United Water expects repairs to the water main at Observer Highway to be completed by about 4:00pm today. At that time, Observer Highway and Marin Boulevard/Henderson Street will be fully reopened to traffic. Police officers will be on hand to direct traffic this evening.
UPDATE (8:20AM): Marin Boulevard/Henderson Street has been reopened to traffic in the southbound direction.
UPDATE (7:45AM): One lane of Observer Highway has been reopened to traffic in the westbound direction.
Due to a water main leak near Observer Highway and Marin Boulevard, there are various street closures and traffic pattern changes in effect. United Water crews are on the site working to resolve the issue and no customers are without water at this time.
Observer Highway is closed in both directions at this time. Crews are attempting to reopen a lane of traffic in the westbound direction.
Marin Boulevard is closed between 18th Street and Observer Highway. Drivers entering Hoboken from Jersey Avenue or Grove Street will be directed towards Jackson Street.
Street cleaning enforcement will resume on Monday, February 24. Please move vehicles from parking lanes during posted street cleaning hours.
800 Smart Bikes Will Form Largest Next-Generation Bike Share System in North America
The cities of Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken are partnering to launch a regional bike share system in the summer of 2014 that will be the largest next-generation bike share system in North America. The system will feature 800 smart-bikes, 50 bike stations, and 2 full-service pavilions at no cost to the cities.
“Bike sharing is an affordable, sustainable, and convenient transportation option,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We are excited to partner with leading innovators to bring this next-generation system to our residents, businesses and visitors at no cost to taxpayers. I am proud to build upon our successful pilot bike share program and work with our neighbors in Jersey City and Weehawken to create a regional system.”
Street cleaning enforcement is suspended until further notice. Unfortunately, because many vehicles remain parked during street cleaning hours, there is insufficient space on most streets to maneuver the payloader needed to clear ice from parking lanes. While the City is not issuing tickets for street cleaning, a payloader and Bobcat are being used to clear open parking spaces, catch basins, and corners where possible in anticipation of a storm forecast for later this week.
Parking is again permitted on all snow emergency routes including 3rd St, 4th St, 5th St, 9th St, 13th St, Willow Ave, and Washington St. Parking meters are suspended city-wide until the end of Monday, February 17.
The City is bringing in extra seasonal employees today to clear corners of snow and slush. Residents and property owners are asked to help with keeping gutters clear so that melting snow can properly drain at corners.
City offices will be closed on Monday for the Presidents Day holiday. Street cleaning enforcement will resume on Tuesday, February 18 in order to clear snow from parking lanes.
Due to the snow and ice which has made parking more difficult than usual, the City of Hoboken is taking steps to help residents with parking.
The discounted rate of $5/day in municipal garages for residents with valid permits is extended through Sunday 8:00pm in order to keep as many cars as possible off the street.
Parking meters are suspended through the end of Sunday to provide additional parking options for residents. Please note that Washington Street is a snow emergency route. Parking will be permitted on Washington Street once the snow has ended and the street has been deemed sufficiently cleared. An announcement will be made at that time.
Due to the extreme weather and road conditions, the Hoboken Office of Emergency Management urges everyone except first responders and those in medical and transportation fields to remain off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Drivers who get stuck will impede plowing operations and first responders.
Snow removal operations underway
A winter storm warning is in effect for our area from midnight tonight until Friday at 6:00am. The current forecast predicts snow and sleet accumulations of 6 to 10 inches.
Discounted Garage Parking
The City is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) beginning Wednesday, February 12th at 8:00pm through Friday, February 14th at 8:00pm for $5 per day for residents with a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard. In addition, Hoboken residents with disabilities who possess either a handicapped license plate or hang tag for their permitted vehicle may also park in the Midtown garage (371 4th Street) for the same reduced rate. Garage space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and regular rates will apply at other times. Residents who wish to extend their stay in the garage and who have a parking permit decal or Temporary parking permit placard are reminded that overnight parking (8pm to 8am) is available at a rate of $5.00. This rate is available in Garages B, D and Midtown every day of the year.
The Christie Administration has released its proposed $1.46 billion spending plan for the second allocation of federal Sandy recovery funds.
The City of Hoboken is fully reviewing the plan and will provide a written response by the March 5th deadline. The community is invited to provide their feedback on the plan by visiting www.hobokennj.org/sandyfeedback so that their concerns can be incorporated into the City’s overall feedback to the Christie Administration.
“Our main concern is that this second allocation of funding once again does not adequately address the unique needs of urban areas that were devastated by flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In the urban environment, we cannot raise our homes on pilings and therefore we need very different solutions. We invite residents to provide their feedback and visit our upcoming resiliency open house to learn more.”
Street cleaning enforcement for plowing will remain suspended until temperatures rise above freezing. Due to icy conditions, plowing of parking lanes will not take place in order to avoid damage to plows. While residents are not required to move their vehicles, the City will be using a backhoe to clear ice from open parking areas where possible.
The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for February is now available. Click here to view the newsletter.