Councilman Ruben Ramos: “PSEG Work 7/26-7/28 and Flooding”

Official release:

Dear friends,
I want to give you a heads up on work PSE&G will be doing next weekend (26th – 28th) that I expect will create significant traffic challenges in Southwest Hoboken.  If you have weekend travel plans or activities you may want to consider that the project is expected to begin at 6pm Friday night and end at 6pm Sunday evening and plan accordingly.  Please see below the message from PSEG:
As part of PSE&G’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its electric system infrastructure, on Friday, July 26, 2019, we will begin 48-hour underground construction at Paterson Avenue in Hoboken, between the Light Rail tracks and Marshall Street. This work is scheduled to start on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. and proceed continuously until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28.
Traffic Impact:
For the duration of the project, the two westbound lanes on Paterson Avenue will be closed. The eastbound lanes will handle single lane traffic in each direction. 
Please be aware there will be some unavoidable sound connected to construction activities. Also, there are no planned electric service outages associated with this project.
We remind you to refrain from going on or near our construction site and ensure all pets and children are not within the PSE&G work zone.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we improve electric service and reliability in your area. If you have any questions, call our Project Hotline at 1-800-901-5035.
Last Night’s Rain and Flooding
Twenty years ago a storm like we saw last night would have paralyzed Southwest Hoboken.   We have come a long way since then with significant investments in our water and sewer infrastructure and we will continue to make them.  I have always advocated for flood mitigation efforts dating back to the early 2000’s when I supported the NHSA’s efforts to develop a flood pump plan.  Since then, I sponsored legislation while I served in the NJ Assembly to create low interest loans post Hurricane Sandy to help communities like Hoboken make needed infrastructure improvements.  I have continued to support our own Hoboken resliency initiatives including the Southwest Resiliency Park, the 7th and Jackson Resiliency Park, and the to be built Northwest Resiliency Park.  We have made a lot of headway, but we still need further investments including the NHSA expanding their capacity and developers making infrastructure investment a priority community giveback in all developments.  This is a problem we can solve if we all work together.   
Please share this with everyone you think might be interested in or affected by this information.  And don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time to discuss this or any matter that is important to you.   I hope you are enjoying your summer and finding ways to stay !   
Ruben Ramos

Hoboken City Council, 4th Ward

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