Works begins on Washington Street renovation project in Hoboken

Work has begun on a $17 million renovation project for Hoboken's Washington Street.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer says that it may mean some inconveniences for drivers, pedestrians and shoppers, but she says the project will be worth it in the long run.

"It will be a challenge for our community," Zimmer says. "We will get through it together. This is a major infrastructure project we are doing."

The project is expected to improve drainage, update and synchronize traffic lights, add pedestrian signals and replace all underground water mains and service lines.

Contractors have begun taking underground soil tests, setting up bait traps and spray-painting the street to let crews know where the underground utilities are located.

The more heavy and invasive work like stripping, milling and paving the street is expected to begin within a few weeks.

Zimmer says that there will be some minor inconveniences once construction starts, including some parking spots being temporarily removed. But she says traffic will continue to flow in both directions of Washington Street throughout the project.

"When it's completed, it will make our heart of our city even better...beautify it, make it safer," Zimmer says. "So even more [people] will be interested in coming to Hoboken."

The project will also include the installation of several rain gardens that can hold up to 200,000 gallons of water.

Regular updates on the project will be posted on the city's website.

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