HOBOKEN, NJ – As part of Hoboken’s ongoing Vision Zero safety campaign, Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Romano announced the beginning of construction on pedestrian safety improvements and traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of 11th Street and Willow Avenue.
The project includes four new concrete curb extensions designed to reduce pedestrian crossing distances, ADA-compliant curb ramps with detectable warning surfaces, high-visibility crosswalks at all approaches and new traffic signals with 12" LED signal faces.
“I thank Hudson County for working with my administration on prioritizing infrastructure improvements and pedestrian safety upgrades, that will help Hoboken achieve its goal of eliminating traffic-related injuries and deaths by 2030,” said Mayor Bhalla. “The new traffic signals and curb extensions will improve pedestrian safety in an area that attracts some of our most vulnerable residents including school children and seniors. I appreciate the assistance of County Executive Tom DeGise and Commissioner Anthony Romano in securing funding for the project and helping move it forward.”
Vision Zero was implemented in August 2019, with the intention of eliminating all traffic-related injuries and fatalities in Hoboken by 2030. Traffic collision statistics for the City of Hoboken were released earlier this month, exhibiting an across-the-board decline in incidents for the year 2020.
“Growing up on the next block on Willow Avenue, this street has special meaning to me, and I’m proud to work with Mayor Bhalla and his team to make it safer for our residents,” said Commissioner Romano. “This is an important intersection that we recognized needed improvements, given its location right next to a school and near our senior populations. I look forward to working with the City on additional improvements on County roads in the future.”
In October 2018, an impaired driver plowed through the intersection and broke through the fence of Wallace School, injuring one child. Thankfully, the incident was after school hours, but it certainly raised awareness of the need for enhanced safety at that intersection.
“The intersection at 11th and Willow is the intersection closest to the Wallace School, where hundreds of kids and their parents cross the street each school day, and the location where we are planning an affordable housing development for our seniors,” said Phil Cohen, Fifth Ward City Councilman.
In November 2020, it was announced that a city-owned parking lot at that corner would be replaced with a new development for seniors with low and moderate incomes.
Meanwhile, construction on the traffic and safety improvements at 11th Street and Willow Avenue is scheduled to begin today—Thursday, March 25, slated to continue for approximately 12-14 weeks. According to a statement issued by the City of Hoboken, construction includes necessary drainage work for the curb extension, electrical underground work for the new traffic signal, wiring and pole installation, and powering the new traffic signal in conjunction with PSE&G.
Temporary no parking signs will be posted in areas surrounding the project to accommodate the construction.
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