Detour for 14th Street Viaduct (Hoboken to JC Heights and Union City) during daytime construction
HUDSON COUNTY – As of Aug. 30 and lasting for approximately 10 weeks, traffic on the 14th Street Viaduct between Hoboken and the Union City/Jersey City Heights border is being closed in the west-bound direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. East-bound traffic will remain open.
The contract for construction of the viaduct called for the complete closure of the viaduct at night to install 50 beams that average 120 feet long. This work is not noise-free, but was expected to be done at night in August and September to reduce daytime traffic delays. After further consideration, the contractor indicated that they could leave one lane open on the viaduct if they were permitted to work during the day. Thus, the hours of lane closure are now from 9 to 3 to avoid peak period traffic.
Traffic congestion is still expected, but the benefit of the daytime detour is to not disturb area residents at night from the noise. Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she is thankful to Hudson County for working to find an alternative to nighttime construction.
The century-old Viaduct will be completely replaced as part of a $45 million dollar infrastructure upgrade of this section of northwest Hoboken overseen by the county.
When in the area, look for detour signs.
‘Cake Boss’ shops at Hoboken's farmers market
HOBOKEN - Buddy Valastro of “Cake Boss” reality show fame shopped at the Uptown Hoboken Farmers Market on Hudson Street recently while shooting a segment on farmers' markets for the Rachael Ray Show. Valastro runs Carlo’s bakery in downtown Hoboken.
Hoboken has farmers markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at different locations. Check http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/environmental-services/farmers-market for more information.
New method announced for reporting sewer-related emergencies
The North Hudson Sewerage Authority (NHSA) announced that customers now have two new ways to report sewer-related emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The new system also allows customers to track the status of those issues until they are resolved.
Customers in the NHSA service area, which includes Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken and West New York, can now either call an emergency telephone hotline number, (866) 689-3970, or submit an online form available through the Authority’s website at www.nhudsonsa.com (click on the “Contact Us/Report A Problem” link on left side of the home page), to report emergency issues such as sewer odors, sewer backups in the home or a business, suspected breaks in a sanitary sewer or storm drain, missing manhole covers or other sewer-related issues.
“We are very pleased to inaugurate this state-of-the-art reporting system, which makes it easier for our customers to report emergency issues,” NHSA Chairman Richard J. Wolff said. “We particularly like the tracking feature, which allows customers to get updates on the status of these issues as they are being addressed.
“This Authority has a very long track record of employing best practices in engineering, wastewater management, environmental policy, and financial and operational management,” Wolff continued. “This is another example of our commitment to remain the best-managed wastewater authority in the state of New Jersey.”
When reporting a problem through either the hotline or online, customers will be asked to provide the location and specific details of the problem. They also will be asked to provide contact information such as their name, phone number and email address so NHSA staff can contact them regarding the status of the problem.
The information is then used to create a work order, and customers will be offered the order number for their records and to track the status of their request.
Once an issue has been identified through the hotline or online form, it is prioritized and assigned to NHSA staff for resolution. After the problem is corrected, the work order is closed, and the customer will be advised of its resolution if they have provided contact information. Using the work order number, customers also can use the hotline to get updates on their issues prior to resolution.
These tools are intended for emergency problems only; customers should call the NHSA’s main telephone number, (201) 963-6043, between the regular business hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, for routine matters.