HOBOKEN, NJ - While bike lanes have become a priority in Hoboken as more and more effort is put into developing safe transportation alternatives along the city's thoroughfares, a recent snafu saw cyclist friendly space recently painted along Clinton Street ripped up last week when the road was completely resurfaced.
According to Hoboken Spokesman Vijay Chaudhuri, "The City and County were jointly awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant for nearly $900,000 to stripe over 10 miles of bicycle lanes, shared lanes, and crosswalks."
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was established in 2012 to facilitate the "design and construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation," among other initiatives. Hoboken has said that by the completion of this project, over 40% of the City's roads will have a bike lane.
"That project kicked off in April, and Clinton Street was originally in the scope of work, because the project was supposed to happen in 2019 a year before Clinton Street was scheduled to be resurfaced in 2020," said Chaudhuri. "However, the County (project lead for construction) did not receive a notice to proceed from NJDOT until late 2019, and by that time there wasn't enough time to bid the project out and complete the project before the cold weather season arrived."
Shifting of project timelines apparently caused confusion among those carrying out the prescribed changes.
"The project kicked off in April of 2020, and the because Clinton Street was scheduled to begin paving this summer, the City asked the County and contractor to remove Clinton Street between Newark Street and 8th Street from the scope of work." Chaudhuri maintains, "Apparently there was miscommunication between the County and the contractor, and some of Clinton Street ended up getting striped as part of the TAP grant project. The re-striping of Clinton Street will come at no extra cost to the Hoboken taxpayer."
TAPinto Hoboken emailed Hudson County for further clarification, but have yet to receive a response.
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