NJ DOT awards Hoboken $325k to build protected bike lanes on Sinatra Drive

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Hoboken a $325,000 grant to build protected bike lanes on Sinatra Drive.

Photo courtesy of the City of Hoboken.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The PBL, which will be built between 4th and 11th Streets along Sinatra Drive, will connect the South Waterfront Bikeway between Newark Street and 4th Street to the two-way bikeway on Sinatra Drive North along Hoboken’s waterfront.

The city will begin design of the PBL later this year, with construction expected next year after Stevens Institute of Technology is completed with construction currently taking place on Sinatra Drive.

“Hoboken continues to lead the way with initiatives that prioritize pedestrian safety and green modes of transportation,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“This PBL is an important Vision Zero upgrade that will further improve our highly-used public spaces with a safe connection to our North and South waterfronts. I thank Governor Murphy and his team for the grant funding that will make the Sinatra Drive PBL a reality.”

Sinatra Drive currently has a protected multi-use pathway between 11th Street and the skate park that was established in 2016.

“We are pleased to see this upgrade to Sinatra Drive which is used daily by many people, on foot and on bicycle,” added Bike Hoboken President Chris Adair.

“This protected bike lane will connect and create a much needed safe lane along the Hoboken waterfront, and provide more space for all road users.”

Last year, Hoboken and the South Waterfront Corporation constructed upgrades to the walkway and bike paths on the South waterfront between Sinatra Drive and Newark Street, and along Pier A.

Additionally, the improvements restored the walkway surface and a second phase will implement pedestrian safety improvements and upgrade the South Waterfront Bikeway.

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