Space Under Hoboken’s New 14th Street Viaduct Will Anchor Neighborhood Development

In 2011, Hudson County broke ground on a $55M project to replace the 14th Street Viaduct, an elevated structure connecting Hoboken with the Jersey City Heights and Union City. The original viaduct, completed in 1908, had become structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, and after the 2007 collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, Hudson County accelerated plans to replace the aging structure. Major construction of the new viaduct structure and roadway wrapped up in mid-2014:

The new Viaduct is an eight-span, 1177-foot long structure, constructed entirely of multi-steel girders and includes extensive traffic improvements such as modern LED 12-inch traffic signals for the intersections at each end. In terms of total cost, the 14th Street Viaduct replacement was the most expensive—and perhaps the most challenging—local roads project in Hudson County history.

14th Street Viaduct from Parking Structure - 2014

In 2010, Hudson County and the City of Hoboken unveiled plans for public spaces underneath the new viaduct, including multi-use spaces spanning two blocks, a basketball/roller hockey court, and a pocket park surrounded by a children’s playground and dog park.

14th Street Viaduct Park & Sports

Dog Park, Playground, and Sports Court (Photo Credit: City of Hoboken)

14 Street Viaduct Community Spaces

Multi-use Spaces (Photo Credit: City of Hoboken)

Viaduct and Surroundings Before Replacement

14th Street Viaduct, 2010. Photo Credit: Hoboken Journal

14th Street Viaduct & Willow Avenue intersection, before viaduct replacement (Photo Credit: Hoboken Journal)

Pedestrian Conditions Under 14th Street Viaduct at Grand Street, Hoboken, before replacement

Conditions underneath 14th Street Viaduct at Grand St, before replacement (Photo Credit: Hudson County)

Adams Street Underneath 14th Street Viaduct, Hoboken

Adams Street Underneath 14th Street Viaduct, before replacement (Photo Credit: Hudson County)

New Public Space After Viaduct Replacement

Hoboken 14 St Viaduct at Night

New viaduct and public spaces on a recent night, illuminated by newly-installed LED uplighting.

New pedestrian tunnel on Clinton Street underneath the rebuilt viaduct, illuminated by newly-installed LED uplighting.

New pedestrian tunnel on Clinton Street underneath the rebuilt viaduct, illuminated by newly-installed LED uplighting.

<a href="http://hudsontable.com">Hudson Table</a>, a recreational cooking school and event space, opened recently at the corner of 14th and Clinton Streets.

Hudson Table, a recreational cooking school and event space, opened recently at the corner of 14th and Clinton Streets.

It may be hard to imagine in the midst of winter, but by summer, this public space could well rival the waterfront for community activities, and become an anchor for the growing community in northern Hoboken.

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