Viaduct adjustment to better balance users

City of Hoboken announces:

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise has committed to increased pedestrian safety measures on the proposed 14th Street Viaduct Replacement Project, announced Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
The County has proposed narrowing vehicular lanes on the reconstructed viaduct to provide an additional four feet of shoulder area that will provide an additional buffer between the travel lanes and the sidewalk.
“At this stage of the project, it is important to implement all possible measures to ensure the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Mayor Zimmer. “The viaduct is a heavily used gateway to our community. I thank the County Executive and his staff for incorporating additional safety precautions.”
The change comes two months after project engineers met with Mayor Zimmer and residents who expressed concerns over pedestrian and bicycle safety on the planned structure at a community forum. “The new structure at 14th Street, with wider sidewalks, the proposed shoulder area and new traffic calming elements will be a step toward that goal,” DeGise said in a letter to Mayor Zimmer.
The County has a June 30th deadline to complete the final design of the $45 million federally funded viaduct project. Project engineers would like to break ground on the two-year project in early 2011. The current structure will remain open during the construction phase.
The County estimates that approximately 20,000 vehicles use the viaduct daily, which connects Hoboken with Union City and Jersey City. An engineering study determined it to be “fracture critical.”

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