|Heading the Council’s traffic committee, I took action to deal with major rush-hour congestion at our Southwest gateway. Working in tandem with the Administration, the Council funded three new traffic signals to be installed at Harrison, Madison, and Jackson Streets where they intersect with Observer Highway, to be installed this summer.
The committee also expressed concern with a 2012 decision to narrow Jackson Street from two lanes to one, potentially backing up traffic during the morning and evening rush hour. Though the new traffic signals will slightly alleviate this congestion, in my opinion, the Jackson bottleneck, combined with the NJ Transit light rail crossing on Patterson Avenue, significantly limits traffic flow in and out of town. Further, I have urged the Administration to re-stripe the area under the NJT overpass (where our well-known “Welcome to Hoboken” sign is painted), to provide two lanes into the city and two lanes out. We need urgent attention in the southwest and I will continue to advocate to ensure residents and businesses alike can get in and out of town safely and efficiently.