Clean bill of health for 15th Street in Hoboken
Sep 27, 2012 | 2797 views | 1 1 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

HOBOKEN – Divers hired by Hudson County found no problems at a section of Sinatra Drive between 14th and 15th streets that a 2010 report suggested could be a risk of collapse.

Harold Demellier, director of Hudson County Department of Roads, said that a new report will be forthcoming after divers checked the bulk head supporting the streets near the Hoboken waterfront as well as the pier on which the 14 th Street ferry launch is located.

On Oct. 8, 2010, a section of Sinatra Drive between 13th and 14th Streets collapsed, prompting a costly emergency repair. The wooden piling on which the road had been built had been infected with a parasite called a ship worm, which slowly caused the wood to deteriorate. Langan Engineering of Elmwood Park, who evaluated the area for the county, issued a report that included likely problems on the next block north, since Sinatra Drive between 14th and 15th Streets was constructed on the same wooden piling as the area that had collapsed.

Demellier, however, said the divers who conducted the new examination over the last two weeks found no reason for concern.

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October 08, 2012
Scary stuff! Pesky ship worms keep eating out piers.