Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Governor opens new Hoboken-Jersey City pedestrian bridge

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New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine officially opened a critical segment of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, providing a new pedestrian link between Jersey City and Hoboken. Made possible through a public private partnership between the LeFrak Organization-the developers of Newport-and NJ TRANSIT, the new pedestrian bridge spans the Long Slip Canal, connecting with a new 750-foot section of walkway built by Newport in Jersey City. The walkway provides pedestrian access to NJ TRANSIT, PATH and ferry services at Hoboken Terminal, as well as local businesses and recreation sites, while allowing Hoboken residents and commuters direct access to Newport and Jersey City.

Most of Newport's new section was constructed in advance of the development of the community's Northeast Quadrant in a collaborative effort with NJ TRANSIT. NJ TRANSIT commuters and Hoboken residents will easily be able to walk to the Newport Centre Mall, Newport's eight office towers, restaurants, shops and a wide array of other on-site amenities.

During construction, the NJ TRANSIT portion of the walkway project created or sustained approximately 75 jobs.

In September 2007, the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors awarded a $6.4-million contract to Simpson & Brown, Inc., of Cranford, N.J., for the construction of a pedestrian bridge spanning the east end of the Long Slip Canal adjacent to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station at Hoboken Terminal. Construction of the Long Slip pedestrian bridge began in February 2008. The 175-foot-long, 30-foot-wide bridge over the Canal features lighting, railings and signage, as well as a surface of brick pavers to match the existing Waterfront Walkway that it connects to at the Hoboken Terminal light rail station. 

NJ TRANSIT's portion of the Waterfront Walkway links to a new 1,200-foot section of walkway constructed by Newport at a cost of $2 million featuring brick pavers, white pipe rail fence, benches and a row of mature trees. A special feature installed by Newport is a series of 13 interpretive signs developed in conjunction with New Jersey Audubon highlighting the natural and human history of the Newport area.
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