Hoboken begins water main replacements on Park Avenue, police to manage traffic


The City of Hoboken began water main replacements at several section of Park Avenue today, with police managing traffic due to the road closures.

Photo courtesy of the City of Hoboken.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Construction on Park Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, as well as 5th and 8th Streets are underway, and starting next week, the city will replace the water main on Castle Point Terrace from Eighth Street to Elysian Park.

Once the city’s 2023 water main upgrades are complete, they will have replaced over 4.78 miles of water mains since 2018, representing approximately 11.6 percent of their water system.

“As we continue with these crucial water main replacement projects, we are taking a proactive step towards preventing future water main breaks and enhancing the reliability of our water service,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“By upgrading these centuries-old, neglected pipes to larger, modern ones, we are increasing the durability of our infrastructure so that we can meet the demands of our growing community and provide our residents with the reliable water service they deserve.”

Over the next three months, construction crews will replace approximately 1,900 linear feet of 6-inch water main with 1,900 linear feet of 8-inch ductile iron pipe as well as replace fire hydrants and water service lines along Park Avenue.

Construction is scheduled to take place on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Parking will be prohibited during working hours, and traffic detours are expected.

Then next week, Hoboken will upgrade the water main on Castle Point Terrace from Eighth Street to Elysian Park, where the city’s water utility will replace about 950 linear feet of 6-inch water main with new 8-inch ductile iron pipe and replace fire hydrants and service lines.

Following construction, the road trench will be temporarily paved with asphalt and the existing brick will be stored for future use as determined through the upcoming public planning process for the road’s redesign.

The Castle Point Terrace Redesign project, which will seek to upgrade the road while maintaining its historic character, is expected to launch before the end of the year.

By the end of the month, the city also expects to complete water main improvements at Grand Street from 3rd Street to 8th Street, 7th Street from Grand Street to Adams Street, Adams Street from 8th Street to 9th Street, 8th Street from Adams Street to Jefferson Street, Madison Street from 4th Street to 6th Street, and Jefferson Street from 1st Street to Newark Street.

By 2034, the city anticipates replacing an additional 5 miles of water mains.

Last week, the city council approved a $250,000 settlement to resolve a 16-inch water main break that occurred on February 27th, briefly leaving the city under a boil water advisory.

While both PSE&G and J. Fletcher Creamer & Sons are named as parties, only the latter will be on the hook for compensating the city financially.

The settlement also includes approximately $600,000 in water infrastructure upgrades courtesy of Veolia, specifically installing over 200 new advanced leak detection monitors throughout the city’s water system.

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