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Hoboken Councilman Ruben Ramos calls for pause to re-think Washington Street…

first_imgHOBOKEN –Fourth Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos, Jr. has called on the Zimmer administration to temporarily halt the concrete curb work being done as part of the Washington Street Redesign to study and reassess the impact of some of the redesign elements on vehicular traffic and public safety.“I was proud to help approve the Washington Street redesign because the mayor allowed the streetscape to deteriorate into conditions which were unsafe for cars and pedestrians,” Ramos in a statement. “However, now that work is underway, it’s becoming clear that the impact of some of the new design elements, especially the curb bump-outs, is a lot more problematic in practice than it looked on paper.”The Washington Street Redesign includes curb bump-outs on all four corners of intersections along Washington Street. The bump outs are intended to aid pedestrian safety by narrowing the distance between curbs as pedestrians cross the street.“The curb bump-outs are now causing a whole different set of safety problems for people along Washington Street, both in cars and on foot,” added Ramos. “We need to hit pause on this and work with our Police and Fire Departments to make sure their ability to get around on our streets isn’t impacted by the new curbs.“I’ve expressed these concerns to the administration and was told that the work would continue. I don’t want to have another situation like on Jackson Street or Observer Highway where these kinds of problems weren’t identified until after the work was done and millions of dollars were spent. In their haste to get this done, the city has already committed a major blunder by removing the historic blue stones in front of City Hall. There’s no reason why we can’t continue with the other pedestrian safety features, like the new signage, while we rethink the curbs and crosswalks, and take the time to get this done right.”According to the press release Ramos is proposing the number of curb bump-outs per intersection be limited to one instead of all four corners. ×Councilman Ruben Ramos Councilman Ruben Ramoslast_img read more

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