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