Hoboken, NJ DEP invites public to pre-construction meeting for $230M Rebuild by Design project

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The City of Hoboken and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are inviting the public to attend a pre-construction meeting for the $230 million Rebuild by Design project next week.

Rendering courtesy of the City of Hoboken.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The meeting will convene on Zoom, on Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m. Anyone interested in attending can register here.

The initial stages of the project will begin with ​the construction of sewer improvements in South Hoboken, which are scheduled to start in early April.

The DEP will be separating portions of the existing combined sewer system into separate sanitary and stormwater lines.

This work is an important first step in preparing the city for construction of the above-ground flood protection measure in South Hoboken which will protect from storm surge, and ​be constructed in later stages next year.

The below-ground work will help prevent storm surge from the Hudson River from penetrating the City through the sewer system, once the above-ground protection is constructed.

The sewer modification work will necessitate some temporary road closures and detours in the areas of Sinatra Drive, Newark Street, River Street, Hudson Street, Hudson Place and will include the intersection of Hudson Street and Observer highway.

In order to minimize pedestrian and vehicular disruptions in the area, the Hoboken City Council approved a resolution on March 17th authorizing night work to take place on designated streets in the area.

Additionally, the DEP is working closely with city officials, the Hoboken Police Department, Hoboken Fire Department, NJ Transit, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to mitigate traffic, commuter and noise disruption to the fullest extent possible.

The pre-construction community advisory meeting on March 31 will introduce the Rebuild by Design project team, present an overview of upcoming construction activities, anticipated work schedules, and upcoming closure hours.

Furthermore, the DEP will provide community contacts for any non-emergency related inquiries regarding the project.

The Rebuild by Design project will create above​ ground flood measures in both South and North Hoboken to protect from storm surge.

The above ground flood protection will incorporate a public park in North Hoboken at Cove Park, as well as other community amenities.