First Look: Draft Designs for Hoboken Wayfinding System, First Street Streetscape

In December, the City of Hoboken announced that it hired T&M Associates to lead a Citywide Wayfinding and First Street Streetscape Revitalization project. Funded by an $880,000 federal Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery, the streetscape improvements will extend along First Street from the western edge of the city at Paterson Avenue to the intersection with Bloomfield Street in the city’s central business district.

This is an important first step for Hoboken to create a more navigable city that promotes the use of all forms of transportation, including biking, walking, buses, rail, taxis and parking,” says Jaclyn Flor, PE, PP, a Supervising Engineer and Planner with T&M and lead for this project. “The project will also establish a well-defined brand identity for Hoboken that captures and represents the unique attributes of the city.

At a community meeting January 22, T&M presented an early look at the plans. These are known as 30% construction documents in industry parlance, and show the streetscape improvement elements planned for each intersection. The next step in the process is community input to refine the design and ensure it meets the needs of a complete group of street users, including pedestrians, cyclists, businesses, and drivers. The final design, and corresponding 100% construction documents, will be used by contractors to guide work during construction.

The firm also presented a draft map showing proposed locations and sign types for the wayfinding system, which is being developed alongside the First Street streetscape, but will be used throughout the city.

The city is seeking input on the designs through a focus group, and another community meeting on the project is anticipated for later this month.

Image Credit: Rendering created using Streetmix, a side project built by seven Code for America fellows to easily show how changes like curb extensions, street trees, bike lanes, and buffers can improve streets for everyone in the community.

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