The City of Hoboken and North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) will launch the Madison Street Infrastructure Improvement Project to upgrade portions of Madison Street to mitigate area flooding starting on Monday, January 9th.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We must continue to address flooding caused by more severe heavy rain events so that we can make our city more resilient and improve the quality of life for hundreds of Hoboken residents,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.
“Thanks to NHSA for partnering with my administration to ensure that Madison Street gets these necessary infrastructure upgrades to mitigate local flooding.”
Over the next two months, NHSA will relocate approximately 275 linear feet of electrical duct bank along the west curb line of Madison Street from 11th Street to Ninth Street.
Once relocated, the city and NHSA will launch Phase II, which will upgrade and expand the combined sewer, replace an outdated water main, and elevate and reconstruct the roadway with Vision Zero safety improvements.
“We are very pleased to be able to address this longstanding problem in northwest Hoboken, especially now that the area has become a vibrant residential section of the city,” added NHSA Executive Director Dr. Richard J. Wolff.
“The project benefits both Hoboken and NHSA, and the cooperation shown by both parties has greatly facilitated its development.”
Phase II construction will commence in the summer of 2023 and is scheduled to be completed the following year.
These improvements will direct rainfall into the updated sewer system to convey stormwater into the trunk line at 11th Street, mitigating the recurring rainfall flooding in the area.
“Madison Street residents have patiently waited for these necessary infrastructure improvements to take place,” noted 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen.
“Pre-existing electrical and sewer infrastructure created complex issues requiring significant planning, engineering, inter-agency coordination, and City Council approval. Thanks to Mayor Bhalla and the NHSA for their ongoing commitment to this necessary project that will leave a lasting positive impact for the residents of Madison Street and the 5th Ward.”
In addition to the Madison Street upgrades, Hoboken’s Northwest Resiliency Park will come online later this year which will include both below ground flood detention and above ground green infrastructure to withhold up to two million gallons of rainwater during storms, as well as the addition of Hoboken’s third flood pump adjacent to the park.
These two resiliency efforts, led by the Bhalla administration and NHSA, will work in tandem to reduce flooding events during heavy rain events.
During Madison Street construction, traffic control will be coordinated with other construction projects in the area. Parking will be restricted and road closures with detours are anticipated.
Contractors will notify adjacent businesses and residents of construction activities in advance, which will also be posted on the city’s website.
For more information on the project, click here.