The Meadowlands project builds off the New Meadowlands vision to address a low-lying 5,000 acre area on the Hackensack River that encompasses Little Ferry, Teterboro, Moonachie, South Hackensack, and Carlstadt. The strategy aims to reduce flood risk by managing water flows, cultivate ecology with native plantings, and energize the community through public area improvements. To achieve these goals, the project takes a watershed approach, designing improvements at multiple scales to improve stormwater capture, conveyance, and drainage. These improvements are divided into several projects: East Riser Ditch Channel Improvements, Force Main and Public Facility Improvements, Green Infrastructure and Enhanced Open Space for both new and existing parks and open spaces, and Green Infrastructure Improvements to existing parks.
Engineering design of the Liberty Street Pump Station and Force Main project located in Little Ferry is complete, and project construction is anticipated to begin in early 2023. Furthermore, engineering design of the East Riser Ditch Pump Station is nearly complete, with construction slated to begin in summer 2023, and engineering design of the East Riser Ditch Channel Improvements continues, with construction anticipated to start in late 2023. Engineering design of the Parks/Green Infrastructure Improvements will continue and funding sources for these improvements will be identified as needed once the construction costs associated with gray infrastructure projects are confirmed through bid award.
Construction on most of the Meadowlands project will be completed by September 2025, except for the East Riser Ditch Channel Improvements and Parks/Green Infrastructure projects for which construction will extend beyond September 2025.
Location: The Meadowlands (Little Ferry, Teterboro, Moonachie, South Hackensack, Carlstadt), New Jersey
Implementation Led by: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Budget: $150 million HUD CDBG-DR grant through Rebuild by Design
At a Glance: Construction on most of the Meadowlands project will be completed by September 2025, except for the East Riser Ditch Channel Improvements and Parks/Green Infrastructure projects.
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Renderings demonstrating the functionality of the Liberty Street Pump Station & Force Main and the East Riser Ditch Channel Improvements & Pump Station. Source: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection