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8/11/14

Madison Street will be closed at the intersection of 14th Street on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm to allow for installation of stamped resin crosswalks. Trucks will be detoured onto Jefferson Street. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present.

7/8/14

Madison Street will be closed at the intersection of 14th Street on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm to complete paving operations.  Trucks will be detoured onto Jefferson Street.  Hudson County Sheriffs will be present.

7/7/14

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE HUDSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2014
CONTACT: James Kennelly, Hudson County Executive’s Office
PHONE: 201-369-4386/201-966-3008 (cell)

 

HUDSON COUNTY TO CUT RIBBON ON NEW 14TH STREET VIADUCT
Replacement for 106 year-old Hoboken bridge that carries more than 20,000 cars daily fully opens Monday, July 7th.  A midday ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the event will include federal, county and municipal officials.

Hoboken, NJ — The 14th Street Viaduct, once an engineering marvel that allowed trollies and Model T’s to climb the Palisades from Hoboken to Union and Jersey Cities when it opened in 1908, will be officially replaced with a completely new, modern structure Monday, July 7th.  A brief, ceremonial ribbon cutting at 11:30 am will mark the occasion. The removal of construction barriers and deck striping will be complete at 6 pm, making the bridge fully open to traffic in both directions.

The new, $54 million replacement for the 14th Street Viaduct was constructed with the old one in place to allow continuous traffic flow through the vital artery from Hoboken to local points west in Union City and Jersey City. One side of the old bridge (the south side) was completely demolished and rebuilt while the other, pre-Jazz age side continued to carry traffic and then in turn was demolished and replaced, with cars traveling over the new (south) half of the bridge. Both halves are now complete and ready to carry the more than 20,000 cars a day (and many pedestrians and cyclists) that old bridge served.

The new 14th Street Viaduct was the product of a lengthy scoping process dating back to 2003 involving many local public meetings and more than $3.8 million in pre-construction planning and design work. Construction got underway on August 1, 2011 but was slowed by Hurricane Sandy. However the contractor was able to complete the bridge structure prior to the August 2014 post-Sandy goal.  A new cobblestoned streetscape with decorative sidewalks and lighting and a new pocket park below the Viaduct on Madison Street should be completed by the end of August according to the County’s contractor for the Viaduct project, JH Reid General Contractors of South Plainfield, NJ.

The creation of new walk-able public space under the 14th Street Viaduct was a major concern for Hoboken residents. Indeed the Viaduct  was designed with this in mind. The spacing pattern of the new piers supporting the Viaduct is the least disruptive possible in order to maximize public use of the area beneath.  

The new Viaduct is an eight-span, 1177-foot long structure, constructed entirely of multi-steel girders and includes extensive traffic improvements such as modern LED 12-inch traffic signals for the intersections at each end. In terms of total cost, the 14th Street Viaduct replacement was the most expensive—and perhaps the most challenging—local roads project in Hudson County history.

“We are pleased to cut the ribbon Monday on what is one of the proudest accomplishments of my administration—the complete replacement of the 14th Street Viaduct and the transformation of the streetscape below it,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, who also serves as the Chairman of North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). “Hoboken has played a vital role in Hudson County’s rebirth as a greener, smarter-growing engine of economic expansion in New Jersey and the region. Infrastructure investments like this one are critical to support that progress.”

County Executive DeGise will host the ribbon cutting to be held at the northwest corner of the intersection of 14th and Willow Streets at 11:30 am. The ceremony will include remarks by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Freeholder Anthony Romano. Other officials invited include Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City, Mayor Brian Stack of Union City, Mayor Richard Turner of Weehawken and members of the Hoboken Municipal Council.

After the remarks and ribbon cutting, the County Executive will lead a brief walk-through beneath the new 14th Street Viaduct at 14th and Clinton Streets for elected officials, community leaders and press to review the streetscape/park construction work that is still in progress.

Elected leaders praised the successful completion of the project and its expected positive impact on the city of Hoboken and its neighbors to the west.

“I thank and congratulate Senator Menendez, Congressman Sires, and County Executive DeGise for their leadership and efforts to improve this important connection between Hoboken and Union City,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “For Hoboken, the improvements underneath the viaduct are just as important as those on the bridge. In addition to the passive and active recreation space, the cobblestone streets, speed tables, bump outs and other streetscape improvements will calm traffic, improve pedestrian safety, and support the revitalization of this quickly transforming neighborhood.”

“It was a pleasure to work with my colleagues on the Board of Freeholders and County Executive Tom DeGise to make this needed project a reality,” said Freeholder Anthony Romano. “To anyone who feels Hoboken’s needs aren’t being addressed by county government, I would say they only have to look at this project, the largest local roads project in our county’s history in terms of total dollars, to see that Hoboken’s concerns are the county’s concerns.”

Funding for the $54 million project was provided by a grant from the Federal Local Lead program. Sub-regions within the NJTPA’s membership like Hudson County compete for these grant dollars. Hudson County’s Washington delegation, scheduled to be on hand for the ribbon cutting, underlined the critical need for investments like the replacement of the 14th Street Viaduct:

"The 14th Street Viaduct is a standing testament to what can be accomplished when federal, state and local stakeholders partner together to build world-class infrastructure that increases safety, enhances mobility and sparks economic development," said Sen. Robert Menendez.  "Replacing the span was challenging and complex and not unlike what we face across New Jersey and the nation where our transportation system is aging and falling apart. But, if we want to maintain our competitive edge in the global economy, we need to make real investments in our infrastructure that create good-paying jobs, improve our quality of life, and strengthen our economy."   

“New Jersey alone has more than 38,000 miles of public roads, connecting every corner of our state to consumers and networks throughout the region," said Senator Cory Booker. "Investing in projects such as the 14th Street Viaduct means jobs. It means quality of life. It means investment in our communities to keep us moving forward."

"I am pleased to join my colleagues in cutting the ribbon on a new 14th Street Viaduct," said Congressman Albio Sires (D-13) who serves on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. "The new viaduct will allow pedestrians and bicyclists better access to the roadway and enjoy new public space below. I would like to commend Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, the Board of Chosen Freeholders and Mayor Dawn Zimmer for seeing the project through to final completion. Our delegation in Washington will continue to fight for the critical dollars needed to ensure Hudson County has the quality transportation infrastructure our residents deserve."

7/3/14

The viaduct will be closed in both directions Monday, July 7, 2014 from 9 am to 6 pm in order to perform traffic striping and barrier removal. The sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians. A detour will be posted. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site

7/1/14

The viaduct will be closed in both directions Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm in order to install the remaining light poles . The bridge will remain open to pedestrians. A detour will be posted. Hudson county Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

6/16/14

Madison Street will be closed at the intersection of 14th Street for approximately 72 hours starting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 beginning at 7:00 am to allow for placement and curing of concrete for construction of the speed table beneath the viaduct.  Trucks will be detoured onto Jefferson Street.  Hudson County Sheriffs will be present.

6/10/14

Due to weather, the viaduct closure (both directions) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm in order to perform paving operations at Manhattan Avenue and Willow Avenue.  The sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians.  A detour will be posted.  Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

6/6/14

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic. Scheduled for Monday, June 9, 2014 in order to perform paving operations at Manhattan Avenue.  The sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians.  A detour will be posted.  Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site. 

5/7/14

Adams Street will be closed at the intersection of 14th Street for approximately 72 hours starting on Monday, May 12, 2014 beginning at 7:00 am to allow for placement and curing of concrete for construction of the speed table crossing beneath the viaduct.  Pedestrian traffic will be permitted.  A Hudson County Sheriff will be present at the cross street. 

5/2/14

Grand Street will be closed in the vicinity of 14th Street for approximately 72 hours starting at 7am on Monday May 5th in order to install the speed table.

4/21/14

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic. Scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9 am with westbound lane reopening on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7 am and eastbound lane reopening on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 3 pm. This closure is weather permitting and subject to change. Should it rain the closure will occur the following day. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

4/11/14

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting on Thursday, April 17th, to construct the northern bridge deck. This closure is weather permitting and subject to change. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

4/8/14

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting on Thursday, April 10th, to construct the northern bridge deck. This closure is weather permitting and subject to change. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

4/7/14

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting on Tuesday, April 8th, to construct the northern bridge deck. This closure is weather permitting and subject to change. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

1/31/14

On or about February 4, 2014 JH Reid General Contractor will be prohibiting Westbound traffic along the 14th Street Viaduct on a intermitted basis between 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. weekdays. A detour will be in place providing two alternate routes. One will be utilizing Willow Avenue (Southbound) and Paterson Plank Road and the other will utilize Willow Avenue (Northbound), Plank Road and Palisade Avenue. The detours will be utilized to facilitate the steel erection for the North half of the proposed superstructure construction. It is anticipated that the weekday detour will be in place for four (4) weeks. Eastbound traffic along the 14th Street Viaduct will be maintained at all times.

1/17/14

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting on Monday, January 20th, to construct the northern bridge deck. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

1/14/14

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting on Wednesday, January 15th, to construct the northern bridge deck. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

1/6/14 (1/9/14 Update)

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting on Friday, January 10th, 2014 and again on Monday, January 13, 2014 to construct the northern bridge deck. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

1/6/14 (1/7/14 Update)

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting on Thursday, January 9th and again on Friday, January 10th, 2014 to construct the northern bridge deck. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

 

1/6/14

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting either on Thursday, January 9th or Friday, January 10th, 2014 to construct the northern bridge deck. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

12/27/13 (12/31/13 Update)

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, on Monday, December 30th, 2013 and again on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 to construct the northern bridge deck. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

12/23/13

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting either on Thursday, December 26th or Friday, December 27th, 2013 to construct the northern bridge deck. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

12/10/13

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am to 7 am the following morning, starting either on Thursday, December 19th or Friday, December 20th, 2013 to construct the northern bridge deck. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

09/09/13

On or about September 17, JH Reid General Contractor will be closing and prohibiting Westbound traffic along the 14th Street Viaduct on a intermitted basis between 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. weekdays. A detour will be in place providing two alternate routes. One will be utilizing Willow Avenue (Southbound) and Paterson Plank Road and the other will utilize Willow Avenue (Northbound), Plank Road and Palisade Avenue. The detours will be utilized to facilitate the steel erection for the North half of the proposed superstructure construction. It is anticipated that the weekday detour will be in place for two (2) months. Eastbound traffic along the 14th Street Viaduct will be maintained at all times.

4/25/13

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm on or about Friday, April 26, 2013 in order to shift traffic form the existing north half of the bridge to the newly constructed southern half of the bridge. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site.

3/26/13

The second bridge closure for the deck pour is scheduled for Tuesday 3/26. The third bridge closure is scheduled for Friday 3/29

03/19/13

Due to the snow in the work area, the bridge closure for the deck pour is postponed until Friday 3/22.
The second bridge closure is schedule for Monday 3/25.

03/18/13

JH Reid will be temporarily closing the viaduct to two-way traffic between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm on or about Wednesday, March 20, 2013. A detour will be posted providing alternate routes. Hudson County Sheriffs will be present at the project site. Three (3) additional closures are anticipated throughout the remainder of March/early April. Advanced notice will be provided. Please plan accordingly.

01/03/13

JH Reid General Contractor continues is continuing the steel erection and concrete deck pours for the South half of the proposed superstructure construction.  It is anticipated that a Westbound detour will remain in place for short durations during the weekdays as needed to facilitate the delivery and installation of the steel stringers.  Eastbound traffic along the 14th Street Viaduct will be maintained at all times.  Construction of the South side footings, piers and columns are almost completed.  Work is also continuing on the eastern approach South side.

08/29/12

On or about September 4, JH Reid General Contractor will be closing and prohibiting Westbound traffic along the 14th Street Viaduct on a weekday basis from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. A detour will be in place providing two alternate routes. One will be utilizing Willow Avenue (Southbound) and Paterson Plank Road and the other will utilize Willow Avenue (Northbound), Plank Road and Palisade Avenue. The detours will be utilized to facilitate the steel erection for the South half of the proposed superstructure construction. It is anticipated that the weekday detour will be in place for two (2) months. Eastbound traffic along the 14th Street Viaduct will be maintained at all times. Construction of the Southside footings, piers and columns are underway.

07/25/12

On or about the second week of August, JH Reid General Contractor will be closing and prohibiting Westbound traffic along the 14th Street Viaduct on a weekday basis from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  A detour will be in place providing two alternate routes.  One will be utilizing Willow Avenue (Southbound) and Paterson Plank Road and the other will utilize Willow Avenue (Northbound), Plank Road and Palisade Avenue.  The detours will be utilized to facilitate the steel erection for the South half of the proposed superstructure construction.  It is anticipated that the weekday detour will be in place for two (2) months.  Eastbound traffic along the 14th Street Viaduct will be maintained at all times.  Construction of the Southside footings, piers and columns are underway.

03/31/12

On or about the week of April 9, 2012 JH Reid General Contractor will be adjusting the temporary lane configuration on the 14th Street Viaduct by implementing a lane shift. Temporary traffic lanes will be shifted entirely to the north side of the viaduct from Manhattan Avenue to the intersection at Willow Avenue. A temporary sidewalk area is prepared to accommodate pedestrians for the length of the viaduct. Demolition of the south side of the viaduct and construction of the new structure’s foundations is underway.

02/01/12

On or about February 3, 2012 JH Reid General Contractor will be adjusting the temporary lane configuration on the 14th street viaduct by implementing a lane shift. Temporary traffic lanes entering the viaduct from Manhattan Avenue will remain on the south side for several hundred feet. A lane shift will be located above Madison and Jefferson Streets guiding traffic lanes to the north side of the viaduct. The temporary lanes will continue on the north side to the intersection at Willow Avenue. A temporary sidewalk area is prepared to accommodate pedestrians for the length of the viaduct.

01/30/12

PSE&G continues modifications to electric power lines at Madison Street. Verizon is performing modifications to their facilities.  JH Reid General Contractor installing temporary decking in truss spans where sidewalk has been removed. Temporary sidewalk, drainage and support construction continues to stretch from east to west as preparations are made for the task of dismantling portions of the existing viaduct to make way for the new viaduct. Pedestrian access and vehicular traffic will be maintained during dismantling.

12/30/11

Temporary support columns, girders and sidewalk brackets are installed beneath the viaduct. Existing sidewalk panels are removed to receive temporary bridge deck in their place. Temporary foundations, catches and work platforms are installed near NJ Transit Light Rail. PSE&G continues modifications to electric power lines that will enable JH Reid General Contractor to work above Madison Street.

11/30/11

Stage 1B Modified advances the installation of temporary supports below the viaduct while pedestrian and vehicular traffic are maintained atop the superstructure. Soil samples are taken throughout the site from locations where excavation work will commence for the replacement structure’s new foundations.

10/28/11

Please be advised that starting Friday, October 28th, 2011, JH Reid General Contractor will be striping temporary lanes for shifting traffic on 14th Street Viaduct. Two eleven (11’) foot wide temporary lanes, one in each direction, will be created for maintaining two-way traffic at all times on the viaduct during construction.

10/27/11

Please be advised that starting Thursday, October 27th, 2011, the left turn movement from Willow Avenue north to westbound 14th Street Viaduct in Hoboken will be eliminated due to construction of the 14th Street Viaduct. A detour will be provided. http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2011/10/construction_on_14th_street_vi.html

10/07/11

Construction photos are available for viewing project progress as clearing site, utility relocations, conservation of historic materials, and temporary support efforts are underway.

 

09/12/11

Clinton Street to be permanently closed to through traffic between 13th and 15th Streets. United Water scheduled to begin utility modifications starting September 13, 2011 on Clinton Street.

 

08/01/11

Official start of the Replacement of the 14th Street Viaduct Over Conrail and Local Streets, Bridge No. 0900-016.

 

07/22/11

Notice to proceed construction designates official start date as August 1, 2011 with all construction activities to be completed within 900 calendar days.


07/13/11

Hudson County conducts pre-construction meeting at Hudson County Office of the County Engineer and coordinates start of project among J. H. Reid General Contractor, NJ Dept. of Transportation Local Aid Division, design team, local utility companies, NJ Transit, and local police representatives.

07/08/11

New Jersey Department of Transportation Bureau of Local Aid – District #2 issues concurrence of the contract award for the Replacement of the 14th Street Viaduct Over Conrail and Local Streets, Bridge No. 0900-016 to the lowest responsible bidder J. H. Reid General Contractor.

04/14/11

Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously approves the bid specifications, designs and plan in connection with the Replacement of the 14th Street Viaduct Over Conrail and Local Streets, Bridge No. 0900-016 located in Hoboken and the City of Union City. The Board of Chosen Freeholders authorizes the award of the construction contract to J. H Reid General Contractor of 3230 Hamilton Boulevard, South Plainfield, NJ.

03/31/11

Sealed bids were received by the Purchasing Agent of the County of Hudson at 10:30 AM in the Freeholder’s Chamber, 3rd Floor, Hudson County Administration Annex, 567 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ for the Replacement of the 14th Street Viaduct Over Conrail and Local Streets, Bridge No. 0900-016 located in Hoboken and the City of Union City.

09/07/10

City of Hoboken and Hudson County host a public presentation of the project renderings at the 14th Street Viaduct project site. County and consulting engineers are present to discuss the features of the project. http://www.hudsoncountynj.org/1114th-street-viaduct-streetscape-unveiled.aspx

08/24/10

New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) acknowledges the final project plans submitted are in compliance with the stipulations of Memorandum of Agreement regarding architectural treatments complimenting the historic character of the surroundings. SHPO commends Hudson County and their consultants for their efforts and looks forward to continuing coordination with the County as project develops.

08/16/10

Final plans submitted to Hudson County and New Jersey Department of Transportation for FHWA authorization.

07/13/10

Hudson County and New Jersey Department of Transportation hold pre-final plan review.

01/20/10

Mayor Dawn Zimmer recommends final list of Stakeholders for the development of the 14th Street Viaduct in Hoboken.

01/06/10

Hudson County holds workshop session with Hoboken Planning Department

Replacement of the 14th Street Viaduct is being developed in conformance with the objectives of the City of Hoboken’s master plan to be compatible with a pedestrian friendly urban setting. The project proposes improvements to traffic flow, parking and urban space areas. 20100111-14th-viaduct-community-presentation-res.pdf