The City of Hoboken has revealed their final Sinatra Drive redesign with Vision Zero upgrades, which includes a two-way protected bikeway from Fourth Street to Sinatra Drive North, 164 new trees, and additional parking.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“This project is the latest way we are prioritizing major upgrades to our waterfront. Not only will Sinatra Drive soon include substantial Vision Zero improvements for pedestrians, bicycle riders and drivers, but it will also beautify our main waterfront boulevard with green infrastructure and new street trees,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.
“Thank you to the many residents and community stakeholders who provided their input to help shape the final design. I look forward to breaking ground soon on these infrastructure upgrades.”
Construction on the Sinatra Drive upgrades will begin following approvals from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and federal government.
During construction, the project team will resurface Sinatra Drive, Fifth Street between River Terrace and Sinatra Drive, and Fourth Street between River Street and Sinatra Drive and install a number of other improvements.
Those improvements include 14 high-visibility crosswalks, five raised crosswalks to improve visibility and reduce vehicular speeds,13 rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) to improve visibility, widened sidewalks, eight painted curb extensions, five concrete curb extensions, two curb extensions with green infrastructure, and 20 ADA curb ramps – among other things.
The city and project team created the final concept design utilizing public feedback following two online surveys, two public meetings, and several meetings with local stakeholders.
This input indicated that the top five priorities for the redesign of Sinatra Drive were installing green landscaping along the corridor, ensuring safe bicycle circulation, improving the streetscape and adding street furniture, improving the safety of pedestrian crossings, and calming traffic on Sinatra Drive.
The redesign of Sinatra Drive is funded in part by $1.2 million in grant funding from the NJ DOT and $1.8 million in funding from the federal government.