The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recommended a preferred alignment for coastal flood protection infrastructure in Hoboken, Weehawken and Jersey City. Having considered citizen input and its professionals’ expertise regarding feasibility of the three alternatives, the NJDEP recommended an alternative that is expected to reduce flood risk for at least 85% of the project area. Check out the Conceptual Design in Panoramic View.
The recommended alternative calls for construction of a flood resistance structure stretching from 19th Street in Weehawken and extending south into Hoboken, slightly inland from the river, terminating on Washington Street. At the southern end of the project area a flood-resistance structure will be constructed along the Hoboken and Jersey City border. Due to the inland termination points, the preferred alignment does not offer the benefits of flood protection to approximately 52 buildings within the project area. The NJDEP is working to understand the characteristics of these buildings and in Hoboken, the Mayor is investigating the development of an infrastructure trust fund to facilitate flood risk reduction for these individual structures. The recommended alignment also includes a masterplan for the delay, store discharge approaches that will reduce risk from rainfall flood events.
The NJDEP and its project team also convened a public meeting in Jersey City to brief residents there on how the project will reduce flood risk in their neighborhood. To learn more about this project, click here.